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Sergio Rodrigues Chairs

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
Sergio Rodrigues Six Dining Chairs in Wood and Tan Cowhide, Brazil, 1960s
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in New York, NY
Sergio Rodrigues (1927–2014) A striking set of six modernist dining chairs by Carioca design pioneer Sérgio Rodrigues, in hardwood upholstered in unshaved caramel-colored cowhide. T...
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Chico Chairs by Sergio Rodrigues to Mr. Bloch Mid-Century Modern-Vintage 1957
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Sergio Rodriguez "Pescador" Chair by Mendez-Hirth, Brazil, 2006
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Located in Miami, FL
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Pair of Easy Chairs and Stool in Jacaranda and Leather by Sergio Rodrigues, 1957
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Sofa in Jacaranda and Leather by Sergio Rodrigues, 1957
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
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Sergio Rodrigues Kilin Chairs
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Sergio Rodrigues Kilin Chairs. Original Leather and Wood Surface. OCA Label present.
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Set of 8 Rosewood ‘Lucio' Chairs, Sergio Rodrigues, 1956, Brazilian Midcentury
By OCA Brazil, Sergio Rodrigues
Located in New York, NY
The Lucio chair is an icon of Brazilian design, made with a solid wood structure, originally rosewood, and a flat cane seat. The backrest is sculpted with anatomical design and turned feet. Sergio Rodrigues designed this piece in 1956 in honor of Lucio COSTA, the great Brazilian architect and urban planner. This set is composed of eight chairs of Rosewood, with natural cane seats. Best known for his plan for Brasília, Lucio COSTA was one of the architects responsible for the project that became the most significant landmark of modern architecture in Brazil: the MEC (Ministry of Education and Culture) building in Rio de Janeiro, inaugurated in 1943. The construction presented a Modern architecture of Brazilian industry...
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1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Chairs

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Original Design Sergio Rodrigues, Lucio Chairs for OCA Brazil, 1950s
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Sergio Rodrigues set the standard for Modern furniture in Brazil during the 1950s. His works have become a reference for Brazilian design, which often use indigenous wood species suc...
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Set of 6 ‘Lucio' Chairs, Sergio Rodrigues, Rosewood, Brazilian Midcentury Design
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in New York, NY
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1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Chairs

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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 Chairs

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Kiko Chair in Brazilian Wood and Leather by Sergio Rodrigues
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Located in Sao Paulo, SP
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1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Chairs

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Set of 8 ‘Lucio' Chairs, Sergio Rodrigues, Rosewood, Brazilian Midcentury Design
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By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in London, GB
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By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Sergio Rodrigues "Dadi" chairs in Imbuia with upholstered seat and back.
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"Daav" Chair by Sergio Rodrigues
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in New York, NY
"Daav" chair in imbuia wood with black upholstered seat and metal base. Designed by Sergio Rodrigues in 1983, this example was custom made for R 20th century, 2004.
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Sergio Rodrigues chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Sergio Rodrigues chairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Sergio Rodrigues chairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original chairs by Sergio Rodrigues were created in the mid-century modern style in south america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider chairs by José Zanine Caldas, Geraldo de Barros, and Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler. Prices for Sergio Rodrigues chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $2,500 and can go as high as $72,120, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $18,000.

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