Mid-Century Modern Guiseppe Scapinelli, Brazilian Zebrawood Sideboard, Dresser
Large Brazilin modernist cabinet or sideboard having comprised of a unique wood grain zebra wood and chrome accents. With this Brazilian Modern piece, Giuseppe Scapinelli highlights one of his favorite wood species, the caviuna of light blond appearance with darker veins that the designer knows how to play to form geometric patterns on the front that offers a contrast giving charm and lightness with the legs designed in curves. This one of a kind sideboard or dresser has four center drawers flanked by double side doors leading to shelved interiors. The geometric drawer and door pulls matching the decorative metal castings on the legs. The present owner having informed us that this dresser was commissioned by Scapinelli for a mansion in Brazil in the later part of his lifetime. Unsigned.
About the author Giuseppe Scapinelli was born in 1891 in Modena, Italy, but like many of his Italian fellows, he crossed the ocean and immigrated to Brazil where he started a new life. An accomplished painter, ceramist, and sculptor, he began his career as a furniture designer in the early 1950s. Scapinelli was both a furniture maker and retailer in 1950s-1960s in São Paulo. His futuristic style is easily recognizable because of the curvy lines and soft shapes, inspired by the Italian design of the 1940s, a departure from the mainstream designs of his fellow retailers. His pieces are beautifully crafted in Brazilian traditional wood. He designed and produced many unique pieces for distinctive São Paulo homes. Scapinelli died in 1982.
Zebra Wood, Chrome
35H x 88.25W x 18.25D
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