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the Brazilian architect who helped to shape the 20th century and mankind's vision of the future, died on Wednesday aged 104, according to Brazilian media.

 

Niemeyer died of respiratory failure in Botafogo hospital in Rio de Janeiro, the city where he was born in 1907, studied architecture and that he helped to shape with famous landmarks, such as the Sambadrome, notoriously modelled - like much of his work - on the body of a woman. But his influence spread much further to the design of the capital Brasília and many of its landmarks including the cathedral and Congress building. Overseas, he designed the United Nations secretariat in New York, the Communist party headquarters in Paris and Serpentine gallery summer pavilion in Hyde Park, London.

 

Brazil's biggest newspaper group announced the death at the top of its website with a photograph of the country's celebrated intellectual and two articles lauding him as "the concrete poet", "the pessimist who loved life" and the "traditionalist for tomorrow." Other stories recalled his nickname as the "Picasso of concrete".

 

Veja magazine also led its news coverage with obituaries for Niemeyer under the headline "The great name of Brazilian architecture" and photographs of some of his greatest works. The domestic media have devoted considerable coverage to the architect since he was hospitalised on 2 November.

 

One of the pioneers of modernist architecture, Niemeyer was hugely influential with his designs of buildings and urban landscapes from the 1930s onwards. Much of his work still looks futuristic today. He is said to have influenced numerous architects in subsequent generations, including Zaha Hadid, Toyo Ito, Tadao Ando and Christian de Portzamparc.

 

Though some critics said some of his later work was inferior, few doubt his reputation as one of the 20th century's great architects will endure.

 

"The work of Oscar Niemeyer is a celebration of technological knowledge that poetically transcends the everyday," wrote Lauro Cavalcanti, the director of Rio's Imperial Palace and author of a book on the architect. "His architecture introduces today the tradition of tomorrow."

 

Niemeyer leaves more than reinforced concrete. The 104-year-old had one daughter, five grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren. After his first wife, Annita Baldo, died, he remarried at the age of 99.

 

In works from Brasília's crown-shaped cathedral to the undulating French Communist party building in Paris, Niemeyer shunned the steel-box structures of many modernist architects, finding inspiration in nature's crescents and spirals. His hallmarks include much of the UN complex in New York and the Museum of Modern Art in Niterói, which is perched like a flying saucer across Guanabara Bay from Rio de Janeiro.

 

"Right angles don't attract me. Nor straight, hard and inflexible lines created by man," he wrote in his 1998 memoir, The Curves of Time. "What attracts me are free and sensual curves. The curves we find in mountains, in the waves of the sea, in the body of the woman we love."

 

His curves give sweep and grace to Brasília, the city that opened up Brazil's vast interior in the 1960s and moved the nation's capital from coastal Rio.

 

Niemeyer designed most of the city's important buildings, while French-born, avant-garde architect Lucio Costa crafted its distinctive aeroplane-like layout. Niemeyer left his mark in the flowing concrete of the cabinet ministries and the monumental dome of the national museum. As the city's population grew to 2 million people, critics said it lacked "soul", "a utopian horror," in the words of art critic Robert Hughes. Niemeyer shrugged off the criticism. "If you go to Brasilia you might not like it, say there's something better, but there's nothing just like it," he said to O Globo newspaper in 2006 at age 98. "I search for surprise in my architecture. A work of art should cause the emotion of newness."

 

After a 1964 coup plunged Brazil into a 21-year military dictatorship, Niemeyer, a lifelong communist, decided to spend more time in Europe. While living in France in 1965, he designed the headquarters of the French Communist party. During the dictatorship he also designed the centre of the Mondadori publishing house in Italy, Constantine University in Algeria and other projects in Israel, Lebanon, Germany and Portugal.

 

He won the gold medal from the American Institute of Architecture in 1970, the Pritzker architecture prize from Chicago's Hyatt Foundation in 1988 and the gold medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1998.

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You'd have to shop around and pay a retail mark-up, or wait for one at auction.They're far less common than an Eames chair.

 

Were a lot of them sold in Brazil, or mostly in the major overseas markets ?

I'm just wondering if you pick them up for a song in brazil and sell them over here ?

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Were a lot of them sold in Brazil, or mostly in the major overseas markets ?

I'm just wondering if you pick them up for a song in brazil and sell them over here ?

 

I could write a very long post about this type of furniture but easiest to say that items like this were scarce - a handful of shops / galleries sold them. They were remade later and produced in higher numbers. Others were far more common but disposed of as cheap, so are now valuable.

 

This is a little stool designed by Marcel Breuer, though you won't see his name on it. Made of plywood, a stool with a tray that when fitted transforms it into a table. . Many were destroyed due it's cheap wood. I found one on a house clearance and sent it to auction for charity. Was a bit ropey but still fetched over £400.

 

isokon-stool-01.jpg

 

This is by Arne Jacobsen. Looks very simple and cheap to most people.

 

Arne-Jacobsen-ant-chair-brown.jpg

 

Then there's this

 

MR-adjustable-chaise-longue-by-Knoll-International-by-Ludwig-Mies-van-der-Rohe-image-1.jpg

 

by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who also designed this in Berlin

 

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Then you have the Knoll moulded plastic chairs and tables, which have been copied twelvety times since.

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I could write a very long post about this type of furniture but easiest to say that items like this were scarce - a handful of shops / galleries sold them. They were remade later and produced in higher numbers. Others were far more common but disposed of as cheap, so are now valuable.

 

This is a little stool designed by Marcel Breuer, though you won't see his name on it. Made of plywood, a stool with a tray that when fitted transforms it into a table. . Many were destroyed due it's cheap wood. I found one on a house clearance and sent it to auction for charity. Was a bit ropey but still fetched over £400.

 

isokon-stool-01.jpg

 

This is by Arne Jacobsen. Looks very simple and cheap to most people.

 

Arne-Jacobsen-ant-chair-brown.jpg

 

Then there's this

 

MR-adjustable-chaise-longue-by-Knoll-International-by-Ludwig-Mies-van-der-Rohe-image-1.jpg

 

by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who also designed this in Berlin

 

00046561%20copy.jpg

 

Then you have the Knoll moulded plastic chairs and tables, which have been copied twelvety times since.

 

I've been to that building

 

 

do you ever go to Newmarket for the fairs, just for yourself?

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I've been to that building

 

 

do you ever go to Newmarket for the fairs, just for yourself?

 

Rarely...for the fairs ;) I found there's not much chance of picking up something for a bargain - or even of value. Better of at auction houses with valuers who know little. Most regions will have a couple of auction houses who receive such a quantity of items that cataloguing is not as it should be.

Newark can be o.k, as can Kempton.

 

If you like, i can give you a couple of websites where you enter a keyword or words and it will search most of the top auction houses in the country. Good for glass, art and objets that you collect.

 

I have other words like " indistinctly " that is used when the auction house cannot read the signature.

 

There's an auction in the south west about now and they've thrown about 20 WWI medals in a lot without mentioning names or anything. f***ing disgraceful.

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Rarely...for the fairs wink.gif I found there's not much chance of picking up something for a bargain - or even of value. Better of at auction houses with valuers who know little. Most regions will have a couple of auction houses who receive such a quantity of items that cataloguing is not as it should be.

Newark can be o.k, as can Kempton.

 

If you like, i can give you a couple of websites where you enter a keyword or words and it will search most of the top auction houses in the country. Good for glass, art and objets that you collect.

 

I have other words like " indistinctly " that is used when the auction house cannot read the signature.

 

There's an auction in the south west about now and they've thrown about 20 WWI medals in a lot without mentioning names or anything. f***ing disgraceful.

 

cheers for the info

that sounds good - will pm you my new email address

 

back to the Brazilian link, have you heard of a Brazilian tapestry artist called Genaro de Carvalho? trying to get info but it's hard based on a quick google search; do you know of any better search methods?

 

I've got a family heirloom by him which is amazing - looks like Picasso did a tapestry depicting the 4 seasons, 6 foot long

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cheers for the info

that sounds good - will pm you my new email address

 

back to the Brazilian link, have you heard of a Brazilian tapestry artist called Genaro de Carvalho? trying to get info but it's hard based on a quick google search; do you know of any better search methods?

 

I've got a family heirloom by him which is amazing - looks like Picasso did a tapestry depicting the 4 seasons, 6 foot long

 

Loads of info available online. " Genaro De Carvalho tapestry auction " gives umpteen results, most are bogus or subscription sites. On the second page, there's a result for Skinner Inc in America. Don't click on the main link, as it's expired, but click on the arrow to the right and choose " cache ". This will load the page as it was.

 

Never seen a tapestry fetch much, other than very old betrothal or museum pieces.

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Loads of info available online. " Genaro De Carvalho tapestry auction " gives umpteen results, most are bogus or subscription sites. On the second page, there's a result for Skinner Inc in America. Don't click on the main link, as it's expired, but click on the arrow to the right and choose " cache ". This will load the page as it was.

 

Never seen a tapestry fetch much, other than very old betrothal or museum pieces.

 

got it ta

 

mine is worth about $1500 on that basis

wouldn't sell it for 20 times that, mind (unless the world was ending and I had to buy oxygen)

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