Vintage Broyhill Brasilia Furniture

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2015-06-26 10:31:20

The term "vintage Broyhill Brasilia furniture" encompasses the Brasilia line that was created by Broyhill in 1962

Background

The signature lines and waves of Brasilia furniture were inspired by the distinct architecture of the city of Brasilia, the capital of Brazil.

The city of Brasilia was planned and developed between 1956 and 1960. When viewed from above, the city’s shape resembles a plane or bird, which is mimicked on much of Broyhill’s original fabric and tiles. Most of the city’s architecture was the vision of a man named Oscar Niemeyer. Some of his most notable works are the Palacio de Alvorada and the Cathedral of Brasilia (Pictured). These both feature clean lines and simple, modern design. What stands out most about the architecture is the use of hyperboloid structures, as in the cathedral and it’s parabolic columns, which are said to represent two hands moving upwards towards heaven. This particular building is one of Brasilia’s most recognizable attractions, due to it’s unique design and grand scale.

When viewing the architecture of Brasilia, it is clear to see the inspiration in the design of the Broyhill Brasilia line of furniture. This line was first featured at the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962 representing the city of Brasilia. These unique pieces were created throughout the 1960’s in various forms.

Collecting information

The world of antique and fine furniture collecting is enormous and vast, encompassing the materials, craftsmanship, tastes and traditions of human culture throughout the ages. The markets for antique furniture and modern design do not fall neatly into restrictive categories, but are displayed rather across the history and evolution of various forms and individual designers and makers.

Categorically, furniture can however be organized into basic groups such as bedroom furniture, dining room furniture, seating, writing furniture, storage furniture and hardware. Within these still, the range of cabinetry, joinery, marquetry, parquetry and various historical styles offer the collector of every imaginable taste something to look forward to finding at auction.

The Brasilia Connection specializes in vintage pieces, hardware, even upholstery.

Veneer is almost impossible to repair and reflects abuse and neglect. The original surface, no matter how grungy, adds to the value of a piece of furniture. This applies not only to finished surfaces but also to painted surfaces. Re-upholstery is less of an issue. Please remember that it is vintage furniture - nearing half a century - and there may be some minor blemishes that will not affect the overall appearance of the piece. Anything that is noticeable ought to be both disclosed and discounted and dealers.

Price guide

An American Modern Sideboard Credenza sold for $225 at Uniques & Antiques, Inc. in August 2012.

An American Modern Walnut Credenza sold for $150 at Uniques & Antiques, Inc. in October 2012.

A mid century modern dining set featuring the Brasilia collection by Broyhill sold for $500 at Keystone Auction LLC in January 2012.

A walnut square plinth by Broyhill sold for $35 at Clars Auction Gallery in Decembe 2006.

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