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Gregori Warchavchik

Designer

Gregori Warchavchik was one of the key forces behind modernist architecture in Brazil. Warchavchik was born in Ukraine and moved to Brazil, in the 1920s, after studying and working in Italy.

Warchavchik is famous for designing what is known as "The First Modern House" in Rua Santa Cruz with its stark composition of white cubic forms. His seminal architecture includes the design of the Lasar Sagll Museum, which showcased artwork from the most important representatives of the Brazilian modernist movement.

Drawing ideas from the Bauhaus and the relationship between industry, architecture and design, Warchavchik began designing his own furniture to incorporate with his architecture. His furniture is iconic in modern Brazilian design using beautiful native woods. The furniture designs use geometric lines, drawing subtleties from Art Deco styles.