Joaquim Tenreiro was one of the key figures in shaping Brazilian modern design in the postwar years. He devoted his career to design furniture and formulated a new formal language that came to define Brazilian design as a whole. Craftsmanship was at the core of his creative aesthetics, but tradition was no less important. Combining the traditional and the modern was Tenreiro’s way to create an expression of national identity. In NY, his furniture was introduced about a decade ago by R 20th Century Gallery, whose co-founder Zesty Meyer will be participating in the fall program of my program Collecting Design as a guest speaker.