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Sergio Rodrigues Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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. Wall shelf, c. 1965. Solid wood and wood veneer
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in PARIS, FR
This shelf is a classic creation by Sérgio Rodrigues in which we find the characteristics that have made him an icon of Brazilian and international design. As usual, the artist crea...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sergio Rodrigues Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Steel

Vintage Brazilian Walnut ‘Sabara’ Trunk by Sergio Rodrigues
By Sergio Rodrigues
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A stunning and very rare vintage Brazilian walnut ‘Sabara’ trunk by Sergio Rodrigues. This was made in Brazil, it dates from the 1970’s. This is of outstanding quality, it is extrem...
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1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Walnut

Small Sideboard in Hardwood, by Sergio Rodrigues, Brazilian Mid-Century Modern
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This meticulously crafted sideboard by Sergio Rodrigues is a paradigm of Brazilian mid-century modern design, seamlessly integrating functionality with a striking aesthetic. The stru...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sergio Rodrigues Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern "Vladi" Shelves by Sergio Rodrigues, Brazil, 1965
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Deerfield Beach, FL
Mid-Century Modern "Vladi" Shelves by Sergio Rodrigues, Brazil, 1965 This is a distinctive piece that seamlessly blends form and function, serving as both a practical shelf and a st...
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1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Fabric, Wood, Plywood

Bookcase model “Adolpho”
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Barcelona, ES
Bookcase model “Adolpho” Manufactured by Sergio Rodrigues Brazil, 1960 Jacaranda, leather panels Measurements 203 x 43 x 210h cm 79,9 x 16,9 x 82,7h in
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1960s Brazilian Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Jacaranda

Mid Century Modern Credenza “Adolpho” in hardwood by Sergio Rodrigues, Brazil
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in New York, NY
Available today, this Mid Century Modern Credenza “Adolpho” in hardwood by Sergio Rodrigues is stunning! This wonderful credenza is made in solid Brazilian rosewood (Jacaranda). The...
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Mid-20th Century Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Sergio Rodrigues Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Hardwood

Rosewood Bar Cart by Sergio Rodrigues, Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Design
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in New York, NY
This Bar cart was designed by Sérgio Rodrigues and made in Brazilian Rosewood (Jacaranda). Good vintage condition with original chromed casters.   The prolific architect and designe...
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1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Sergio Rodrigues Brazilian Rosewood Convertible Bar Cart, c 1960s Brazil
By OCA Brazil, Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This innovative bar cart by Sergio Rodrigues was crafted in circa 1960 from Brazilian Rosewood with contrasting white formica interior, made in Brazil and recently imported to the states. Fully restored and ready to be used and cherished immediately. A highly sought-after collectors piece, this dry bar / trolley features a flip-top which becomes a usable platform...
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1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Formica, Rosewood

Pair of Nightstands, Sergio Rodrigues, 1960s, Brazilian Design
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in New York, NY
This nightstand was designed by Sergio Rodrigues (1914-2012) and produced in the 1960s. Following the same structural thought as other pieces by Rodrigues, like the "Franco" sofa and...
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1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Cedar

Sergio Rodrigues Sideboard
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Rosewood and leather sideboard by Sergio Rodrigues, 1960's Gorgeous rosewood with sliding leather door and 4 drawers. Wonderful piece.  
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1960s Brazilian Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Leather, Rosewood

Freijó and Leather Buffet by Sergio Rodrigues, 1965
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
Brazilian Wood and leather buffet by Sergio Rodrigues, 1965 Built in Brazilian Wood with a door coated in leath. The buffet has 4 drawers and 2 slidind doors totalizing 2 meters of ...
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1960s Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Leather

Hardwood Trolley, by Sergio Rodrigues, 1965, Brazilian Mid-Century Modern
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Sao Paulo, SP
This stunning cart/trolley designed by the legendary Brazilian architect and designer Sérgio Rodrigues in the 1960s is a true masterpiece. Made of Brazilian hardwood, this piece feat...
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Mid-20th Century South American Mid-Century Modern Sergio Rodrigues Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Formica, Wood

Sergio Rodrigues, Credenza Luciana, Sideboard Luciana, 1960s
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Houston, TX
A stunning and exclusive vintage sideboard by the well known Brazilian designer Sergio Rodrigues. It was made in Brazil during the 1960s. The color and grain patterns are gorgeous al...
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1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Sergio Rodrigues Pair of bookcases Manufactured by Oca Brasil, 1960
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in Barcelona, ES
Sergio Rodrigues Pair of bookcases Manufactured by Oca Brasil, 1960 Jacaranda wood, brass trim From the archives of Side Gallery, Barcelona Measurements 102 cm x 22,22 cm x...
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1960s Brazilian Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass

Bar-cart by Sergio Rodrigues
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in London, GB
Bar-cart by Sergio Rodrigues
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1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood, Formica

Wall Mounted Variation on the "Marquesa" Dresser by Sergio Rodrigues, 1965
By Sergio Rodrigues
Located in New York, NY
Wall-mounted variation on the "Marquesa" dresser with eight drawers and lathed handles. Designed by Sergio Rodrigues, Brazil, 1965.
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1960s Brazilian Vintage Sergio Rodrigues Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

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Sergio Rodrigues case pieces and storage cabinets for sale on 1stDibs.

Sergio Rodrigues case pieces and storage cabinets 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 case pieces and storage cabinets, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original case pieces and storage cabinets by Sergio Rodrigues were created in the mid-century modern style in south america during the mid-20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider case pieces and storage cabinets by Móveis Cimo, Geraldo de Barros, and Forma Brazil. Prices for Sergio Rodrigues case pieces and storage cabinets can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $3,500 and can go as high as $71,518, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $16,400.

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