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Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

Brazilian, 1927-2014

The prolific architect and designer Sergio Rodrigues is often called the "father of modern Brazilian design," but it is the second adjective in that phrase that deserves emphasis: Rodrigues’s great achievement was to create furniture in a style that captured the spirit, character and personality of his country.

Modernity came slowly to 20th-century Brazil, politically and culturally. The nation finally realized genuine constitutional democracy in 1945, ushering in a new, progressive era in the arts. Until that time, heavy furniture based on historical European models had been the norm. In the late 1940s, designer Joaquim Tenreiro introduced sleek, minimalist chairs and cabinets; José Zanine Caldas, now best known for his later artisanal work, created plywood furnishings for mass-production; the Italian architect Lina Bo Bardi, a former editor for the Gio Ponti-founded magazine Domus, set up shop in São Paulo, designing elegant, flexible chairs set on slim metal frames.

This was the heady scene into which Rodrigues, the son of an artistically prominent Rio de Janeiro family, arrived after graduating in 1952 from the national university. He established Oca Industries in 1955, a company that would become the preeminent maker of modernist furniture in Brazil. When architects Lúcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer were tasked in 1956 with the whirlwind project to plan, design and build the new capital, Brasília, in five years, they used Rodrigues’s early chairs, with their softly-contoured lines and caned seats and backrests, to furnish many of the buildings.

Rodrigues would realize the true expression of his talents in — and garner international awards and acclaim with — his Mole chair of 1957. The word mole means "soft" in Portuguese, but can be interpreted as "easygoing" or even "listless." Rodrigues's chair features a sturdy, generously proportioned frame of the native South American hardwood jacaranda, upholstered with overstuffed leather pads that flap like saddlebags across the arms, seat, and backrest. It is a chair that invites sprawling — perfect for the social milieu of the bossa nova and caipirinha cocktails; where a languorous afternoon spent chatting and joking is the apex of enjoyment.

Most of the estimated 1,200 armchairs, sofas, tables, storage cabinets and dining tables Rodrigues designed in his long career are imbued, in one way or another, with this air of robust relaxation. Sergio Rodrigues was a designer true to the temperament of his people.

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Creator: Sergio Rodrigues
Brazilian Modern "Longarina" Auditorium Chairs, Sergio Rodrigues, Brazil, 1965
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in New York, NY
Available today, with domestic shipping in NYC metro area included, Those Mid Century Modern Pair of Double “Longarina” Auditorium Chairs by Sergio Rodrigues, made in Brazil in 1965 ...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Iron

Millor Armchair- Three-Seat by Sergio Rodrigues, Mid-Century Modern-Vintage 1965
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Houston, TX
The Millor Armchair, crafted by Sergio Rodrigues in 1965, heralded a paradigm shift in the Brazilian furniture industry. Its austere yet graceful lines stood in stark contrast to the...
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1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Metal

Caola Armchair by Sergio Rodrigues - Brazilian, Mid-Century Modern 60'
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Houston, TX
Crafted in the 1960s by the esteemed Sérgio Rodrigues, these exquisite Caola armchairs epitomize the pinnacle of Brazilian hardwood craftsmanship. With their inherent elegance and ti...
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1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Linen, Upholstery, Hardwood

'Franco' Lounge Chairs with headrest, Sergio Rodrigues, Brazilian Modern Design
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
The "Franco" lounge chairs, designed by Sergio Rodrigues, stand as a distinct representation of Brazilian mid-century design. These chairs are characterized by their robust solid har...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Leather, Hardwood

Mole Armchair with Ottoman by Sergio Rodrigues, Mid-Century Modern-Vintage 1957
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Houston, TX
Presently accessible for acquisition, this exquisite Mid-Century Modern masterpiece, the "Mole" armchair accompanied by a stool, fashioned from a harmonious blend of hardwood and lig...
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1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Leather, Hardwood

Set of Two Mid-Century Modern Oscar Armchairs by Sergio Rodrigues, Brazil, 1956
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Deerfield Beach, FL
Set of Two Mid-Century Modern Oscar Armchairs by Sergio Rodrigues, Brazil, 1956 Named after Oscar Niemeyer, this armchair features the iconic curves and sinuous lines characteristic...
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1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Cane, Wood

Sergio Rodrigues ‘Kilin' Lounge Chairs. set of three, Brasil, 1970s
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Uithoorn, NL
Exceptional set of Kilin chairs by Brazilian architect Sergio Rodrigues. Made dark wood and high quality saddle leather these chairs have become truly iconic over the years. The open...
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1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Wood, Leather

Pair of "Oscar" Armchairs by Sergio Rodrigues, Brazilian Midcentury Design, 1956
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in New York, NY
Created by Sergio Rodrigues (1927-2014) in 1956, the Oscar armchair was an homage to Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012), one of the most important Brazilian architects in modern architecture...
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1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Straw, Rosewood

Midcentury Modern Sergio Rodrigues "Sheriff" Lounge Chairs, Brazil
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Argelato, BO
An authentic icon of Mid-Century Brazilian design, the Sheriff armchair is one of the most important and beloved works of the Brazilian designer Sergi...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Pair of Arcos little Chair by Brazil 1960s
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Brasília, BR
Amazing pair of Arcos armchairs designed by Sergio Rodrigues in the 1960s for Itamaraty Palace. They are composed by a solid rosewood structure. The seat and backrest are made up of...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Armchair 'Longarina IAB' Sérgio Rodrigues Manufactured by Oca Brazil, 1965
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in PARIS, FR
Armchair model “Longarina IAB” Manufactured by Oca Brazil, 1965 Freijó, steel, leather Product designed for auditoriums such as Anhembi and Fapesp Awarded by the Institute of Archite...
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1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Stainless Steel

Pair of "Oscar" Armchairs by Sergio Rodrigues, Brazilian Midcentury Design 1956
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in PARIS, FR
The Oscar armchair, designed by Sergio Rodrigues (1927-2014) in 1956, serves as a tribute to Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012), a highly influential figure in the realm of modern Brazilian ...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Cane, Rosewood

Sergio Rodrigues, Parati Armchairs - Brazilian, Mid-Century Modern - 1963
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Houston, TX
Introducing the "Parati" armchair, a masterpiece born in the creative fervor of the mid-1960s, gracing the lobby of Brasilia's iconic Itamaraty Palace, the bastion of Brazil's Minist...
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1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Linen, Hardwood

'Stella' Lounge Chair, by Sérgio Rodrigues, Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Design
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
The "Stella" lounge chair, a creation of Sergio Rodrigues from 1956, is a symphony of timeless elegance and meticulous design. At first glance, its plush upholstery, reminiscent of s...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Other

Kilin Lounge Chair by Sergio Rodrigues OCA, Mid-Century Modern
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Houston, TX
The Kilin armchair, a pinnacle of artistic ingenuity conceived by the visionary designer Sergio Rodrigues, embodies an exquisite fusion of aesthetic bri...
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1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Leather, Hardwood

“Moleca” Lounge Chair with Stool in Hardwood & Leather, Sergio Rodrigues, Brazil
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in New York, NY
Available today, this Mid-Century Modern “Moleca” Armchair with Stool in Hardwood & Leather by Sergio Rodrigues designed in 1959 is absolutely gorgeous! The "Moleca'' lounge chair...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Leather, Hardwood, Wood

Vintage Pair of Moleca Rosewood Armchairs by Sergio Rodrigues, 1962, Brazil
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in New York, NY
Throughout Sergio Rodrigues' career, many of his pieces underwent adjustment, adapted to new material resources and production conditions, or even reinvented. The Moleca armchair...
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1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Drummond Armchairs by Sergio Rodrigues OCA, Mid-Century Modern, White Bouclé
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Houston, TX
Behold the illustrious Drumond Armchair, a distinguished creation birthed in 1950 under the skilled hands of Oca, a venerable atelier situated in the heart of Brazil. Reverberating w...
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1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Bouclé, Hardwood

"Vivi" Lounge Chair in Hardwood, Móveis Cantu, Brazilian Mid-Century Modern
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
Sergio Rodrigues was a Brazilian furniture designer known for his innovative use of materials and impeccable craftsmanship. Throughout his career, he perfected the use of jacarandá r...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Rosewood

"Kilin" Single Armchair by Sergio Rodrigues
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in New York, NY
Designed by Sergio Rodrigues (1927-2014) in 1973 and produced by Oca, the Kilin armchair is composed of two sides and two crosspieces, with the back and...
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1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

"Vronka" Rosewood Midcentury Armchair by Brazilian Designer Sergio Rodrigues
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in New York, NY
Designed in 1962 by Sergio Rodrigues, the “Vronka” armchair was made of solid Rosewood structure and a floating, comfortable cushion. Like many designers of Rodrigues's generation, he dreams of commercializing well-designed furniture produced in series. In 1962 “Meia-Pataca” factory-cum-store was launch. The idea was to expand distribution and reduce production costs. The industrial thought is visible on the structural solution, applying juxtaposed wooden pieces of a square or rectangular section and straight corners. Other pieces like the “Franco” sofa, the “Tonico” armchair...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Sergio Rodrigues Pair of Moleca Armchair, Circa 1963
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in São Paulo, SP
Pair of Moleca armchair made in jacaranda and leather. Both wood and leather have beautiful time patina. The leather condition is very good. The wo...
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1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Pair of ‘Lia’ Armchairs by Sérgio Rodrigues, Brazil, 1962, Jacaranda and Cowhide
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Echt, NL
Beautiful pair of Lia armchairs in very good condition. Designed by Sérgio Rodrigues in Brazil in 1962. The frame of these chairs is fabricated from sol...
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20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Cowhide, Leather, Jacaranda, Rosewood

Armchair by Sérgio Rodrigues
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Barcelona, ES
Armchair designed by Sérgio Rodrigues in iron structure, solid wood arms and new black leather upholstery. Brazil, 1950.
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1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Iron

"Kilin" Brazilian Midcentury Armchair by Sergio Rodrigues, 1973
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in New York, NY
Designed by Sergio Rodrigues (1927-2014) in 1973 and produced by Oca, the Kilin armchair is composed of two sides and two crosspieces, with the back and seat made from a unique piece...
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1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Leather, Wood

Moleca Lounge Chair and Ottoman, Sergio Rodrigues, Brazilian Mid-Century Modern
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
The "Moleca" lounge chair is a significant piece of Brazilian design history, created in 1957 by master designer Sergio Rodrigues. It is a beautiful example of Rodrigues's unique and...
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Mid-20th Century South American Mid-Century Modern Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Wood

Bloch Chairs by Sergio Rodrigues, Brazilian Midcentury Design, 1964
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in New York, NY
A particular characteristic in Brazilian mid-century furniture making was the practice of furnishing houses and commercial buildings in exchange for a special commission. This chair ...
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1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Rosewood, Leather

Pair of Vronka Armchairs, by Sergio Rodrigues, 1962 Brazilian Mid-Century Modern
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
Part of the furniture line of the company "Meia Pataca", created by Sérgio Rodrigues with the intention of producing Brazilian industrial furniture, the Vronka armchair...
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Mid-20th Century South American Mid-Century Modern Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Wood

Mid-Century "Lia" Armchair by Sergio Rodrigues: Brazilian Hardwood Iconic Design
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
The "Lia" armchair, created by the Brazilian architect and designer Sérgio Rodrigues in 1962, is an extraordinary piece of furniture that showcases the designer's ingenuity and creat...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

Vintage "Kiko" Rosewood Armchair by Sergio Rodrigues, 1960s, Midcentury Brazil
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in New York, NY
Made in Jacarandá rosewood, this Sergio Rodrigues piece has originally upholstered in yellow leather, circular chrome accents, and chrome casters. This chair was created to furnish t...
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1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Leather, Rosewood

"Kiko" High Back Caviuna Armchair by Sergio Rodrigues, 1960
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in New York, NY
Made in Jacarandá rosewood, this Sergio Rodrigues piece has originally upholstered in green leather, circular chrome accents, and chrome casters. This chair was created to furnish th...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Leather, Rosewood

Caola Armchair, by Sergio Rodrigues, Brazilian Hardwood, Brazilian Midcentury
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
This stunning 1960s pair of Caola armchairs made by Sérgio Rodrigues are made by Brazilian Hardwood Definitely a piece that is capable of bringing a sense of personality and style to any decor. The piece was not restored yet, so the client can choose the style. Sérgio Rodrigues was an architect and designer born in Rio de Janeiro. Together with Joaquim Tenreiro and José Zanine Caldas, he was the Pioneer in transforming Brazilian design into Industrial Design and making it known worldwide. Sergio lived the height of his career in the 50s and 60s. He worked with furniture design in line with modernism in Brazil, bringing a Brazilian identity to his projects both in drawings and in traditional materials - leather, straw, and wood - highlighting the culture of Brazilian indigenous. A contemporary of Oscar Niemeyer and Lúcio COSTA, his furniture was used on a large scale in the construction of the Brazilian capital Brasília. His most famous work is the "Poltrona Mole...
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Mid-20th Century South American Mid-Century Modern Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Wood

Pair of "Oscar" Armchairs by Sergio Rodrigues
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in London, England
Probably one of the most iconic designs by Sergio Rodrigues, the "Oscar" chair was made in tribute to Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer. This set still has the tags of Furnas, a reg...
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1960s British Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Cane, Wood

"Oscar" Armchair by Sergio Rodrigues
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in London, England
Probably one of the most iconic designs by Sergio Rodrigues, the "Oscar" chair was made in tribute to Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer. This set still has the tags of Furnas, a reg...
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1960s British Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Cane, Wood

"Diz" Armchair in Hardwood by Sergio Rodrigues, 2001, Brazil
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in New York, NY
The awesome "Diz" Armchair in Hardwood designed by Sergio Rodrigues in Brazil in 2001 is nothing less than exquisite! The "Diz" armchair showcases a captivating blend of sculptural...
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Early 2000s Brazilian Modern Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Hardwood

Mole Armchair with Ottoman by Sergio Rodrigues, Mid-Century Modern-Vintage 1957
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Houston, TX
Presently accessible for acquisition, this exquisite Mid-Century Modern masterpiece, the "Mole" armchair accompanied by a stool, fashioned from a harmonious blend of hardwood and bro...
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1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Leather, Hardwood

Oscar Armchairs by Sergio Rodrigues
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in London, England
Probably one of the most iconic designs by Sergio Rodrigues, the "Oscar" chair was made in tribute to Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer. This set still has the tags of Furnas, a re...
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1960s British Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Cane, Wood

Pair of 1960s Sergio Rodrigues Brazilian Jacaranda Vronka Chairs
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of 1960s Brazilian jacaranda Vronka armchairs by Sergio Rodrigues with yellow upholstery. The chair is featured in the Icatu book "Sergio Rodrigue...
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1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Jacaranda

Pair of 1960s Sergio Rodrigues Brazilian Jacaranda Lia Chairs
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Sergio Rodrigues Lia chairs from the 1960s made of Brazilian jacaranda and upholstered in beige cowhide.
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1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Cowhide, Jacaranda

Pair of 1960s Sergio Rodrigues Brazilian Jacaranda Beto Chairs
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Sergio Rodrigues Beto chairs, in Brazilian jacaranda wood, upholstered in yellow ultrasuede on a chrome frame
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1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Armchairs

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Chrome

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