In R & Company’s first exhibition of historical Brazilian furniture by design company Forma is a curated presentation of coveted iconic designs produced by in the 1950s and 1960s that the gallery has been collecting and championing for nearly two decades. Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler were the leading designers for Forma. The international company epitomized the innovation of the Brazilian modern design industry. Working out of São Paulo when the city was rapidly growing and at the peak of industrialization provided Eisler and Hauner with the opportunity to produce custom furniture. They created highly crafted modern furniture, using rich local materials such as hardwood, leather, and iron resulting in polished and diverse pieces that were accessible to a larger audience.
On view are some of Forma’s most important designs including two sleek lounge chairs with asymmetrical seats and iron frames. Both pieces, designed in the 1950s by Martin Eisler, were inspired by the advanced technology of the automotive industry and the round shapes of their seats were directly meant to replicate the form of a car bumper. Also on view is a series of their classic “Rib Chairs”, a set of curved lounge chairs made in rosewood and designed in 1955. Although the pieces were custom produced, each of their works possesses exceptional form, craftsmanship and material. Seen together in the exhibition, Forma’s designs showcase the immensely creative energy in Brazil’s design scene in the second half of the 20th century.