A blog about the renovation of the Alcoa Aluminum Care-free Home in St. Louis Park, MN. We're renovating the 1958 home, designed by architect Charles M. Goodman, so that it's true to the mid-century modern design while being eco-friendly, cost-effective and convenient for modern family living.
Mid-Century Modern Furniture Finds: Broyhill Brasilia
Renovation of our Care-Free Home has made significant
progress over the last two years, but there hasn't been a ton of room in the
budget for period-correct furniture that matches the home’s mid-century modern styling. That is, until we were
offered several pieces of amazing mid-century modern furniture that looked like this…for free!
After stumbling into this and several other amazing items, we decided to do a little research to try and find out more about them. Thanks to Brasilia Connection, who specializes in the line, we didn't just learn a bunch about the Broyhill Brasilia line, but were able to see some of the original sales materials. It turns out that Brasilia is experiencing quite the resurgence at the moment among vintage furniture aficionados.
The Brasilia line was launched in 1962 by
Broyhill and the design was inspired by Brasil's newly built capital city of
city was designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer and was built in 41 months from 1956 to
1960. Some of his most recognizable designs are the Cathedral of Brasilia and the Palacio de Alvorada.
Cathedral of Brasilia
Looking at the furniture, the design cues taken from Brasilia's architecture are immediately apparent, with the doors, drawer fronts, hardware and legs of the Brasilia line using many of the same curves and profiles found in Neimeyer's designs.
Palacio de Alvorada
As luck would have it, we didn't just get the
dresser above, we were able to get our hands several other great pieces from the
collection as well, including the triple dresser base, a single arch mirror, the door chest and a full-size panel headboard and footboard.
Seeing the Broyhill Brasilia sales brochure has wet our appetite and we're on the hunt for our next furniture find! We’ll keep you updated as we make more design and decor updates to Our Care Free Home, including a few more great finds by friends and family coming up soon. Hopefully we'll also have some additional Brasilia pieces to add to the collection!