Joaquim Tenreiro can be credited for introducing modern design to Brazil in the postwar years. Not design of European manner, but rather distinctive language, specially created for Brazilian people and characterized by an expression of local national identity. Tenreiro forged a connection between modernism and the culture of Brazil and came to fame in the 40s with his hand-crafted furniture made of local woods. Modern design, he argued, should be responsive to local needs, to the climate, to the people, and to traditional handcraftsmanship, and thus ought to manifest its own soul. In his shop Langenbach & Tenreiro, which he opened in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, Tenreiro offered some of the most iconic pieces in the history of Brazilian century design, such as the three-legged chair, created of a mixture of woods of varying tones, and the triangular dining table topped with reverse-painted glass in various colors.