Brazillian Furniture

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When you pull up a seat to watch the Aug. 5 opening of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, you could hardly do better than an original Mole chair, with its plump calfskin cushions, adjustable leather straps and lustrous jacaranda frame. In his new book, Brazil Modern: The Rediscovery of Twentieth-Century Brazilian Furniture (The Monacelli Press), Aric Chen contends that the Mole and its midcentury cohorts, a sampling of which are highlighted below, deserve a place among the country’s other icons, such as Copacabana, samba, the Amazon and the nut.

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