Have you heard of Broyhill’s vintage Brasilia collection? If not, you are either not a Mad Men fan or not a vintage shopper! As the original brochure circa 1962 explains:
On the heights of a plateau, deserted and desolate, there raises its proud head, the new and majestic Capital of Brazil called “the capital of the year 2,000.” Brasilia … the city … has revolutionized architecture and vast new horizons of design. From this inspired dream, Broyhill Premier drew inspiration for the furniture grouping which bears the fine young name: BRASILIA
How hilarious is the comment about “the year 2,000?” But — more significantly — how cool is that?
Now, motivated by the resurgence of interest in mid-century design, the desire to bring modern function to old creations, and the passion of Brasilia collectors — scouring Craigslist, eBay, Etsy and much more — Broyhill has reimagined the Brasilia collection with its new Mardella introductions. Just like the original Brasilia collection, Mardella includes furniture for the dining room, bedroom and living room.
And what fabulous introductions they are! Now you can have the convenience of “new” and the style of “old,” all wrapped up in a big ole package. The Two Door Nightstand is one of the most faithful replicas.
If you prefer drawers to doors, the Two Drawer Nightstand has an additional pull-out tray for drinks, magazines and more. That is one of my favorite design features because it makes your furniture work double duty!
The combination of small drawers, large drawers and a generous cabinet make the Mardella Server super functional. It also includes a hidden compartment to store a dining table leaf and a pullout surface for extra serving space. So very smart!!
Isn’t the pull-out rod on the side of the Mardella Door Chest a genius idea? And why did it take us 50+ years to replicate it?!?!
I would love to know which, if any, of the “modern conveniences” are original to the Brasilia line and merely replicated for Mardella … or if all of these truly were functional upgrades (in addition to their great looks, of course)!
Palàcio da Alvorado photo via Sou Brasilia. Original Brasilia brochure available for download here (on the Brasilia Connection website). Product photos courtesy of Broyhill. Thank you to High Point Market for pairing me with four companies, including Broyhill, as a sponsored blogger.