Branco and Preto is a furniture company set up, in 1952, by forward-thinking architects Miguel Forte, Jacob Ruchti, Plinio Groce, Roberta Aflalo, Carlos Millan and Che Y Hwa. In the 1940s, after they all graduated from studying architecture at The Mackenzie School of Engineering, they needed furniture suitable for the architecture style they practiced. As a group of friends they rallied around an idea advanced by Roberto Aflalo to open a store that sold pieces of modern design furniture.
Collectively they have produced some of the most significant pieces of Brazilian furniture. The furniture styles were developed as part of the individuals architectural designs. The pieces are finished to the highest quality in Brazilian native woods and materials.