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MP-091 Percival Lafer Lounger/ Armchair

$4,500

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An original MP-091 lounger by Percival Lafer in Brazilian cherry and with original dowels and leather straps. Re-upholstered by previous owner in red leather. These are easy to re-upholster, we offer this service at an additional cost.

Details

  • Creator
    Percival Lafer (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 27 in (68.58 cm)Width: 35 in (88.9 cm)Depth: 32 in (81.28 cm)Seat Height: 15 in (38.1 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. leather and straps are in excellent condition, minor scuffs to chair base from moving it around.
  • Seller Location
    East Hampton, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: Gustavo Olivieri 20th C.1stDibs: LU832818205981

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  • Shipping

    Ships From: Miami, FL
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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About the Designer

Percival Lafer

When it comes to mid-century furniture, the innovative work of the Brazilian Modernists has often been overlooked, including the designs of prolific maker Percival Lafer. Lafer studied architecture at São Paulo’s Universidade Mackenzie. After he graduated, his father passed away suddenly, leaving a furniture business that Lafer took over with his brothers.

Taking up the mantle, Lafer made the jump from architecture to furniture design in 1961, putting a focus on thoughtfully designed pieces available at affordable prices. That year, he introduced his supremely popular MP-1 chair, a plush piece of furniture made with iron and wood that he has riffed on throughout his entire career. The silhouettes of his lounge chairs, armchairs and other seating were distinct from streamlined American and European mid-century modernism, taking on casual, puffed forms thanks to his use of polyurethane layers as padding. He combined such contemporary industrial materials with local natural ones, namely Brazilian hardwoods, which delighted customers around the world as Lafer became one of the country’s leading exporters of furniture.

Lafer has continued to design furniture throughout his career, branching into sofas, tables and lighting. He was at the forefront of mechanical furniture movements, debuting the MP-7 sofa, which could turn into a twin bed, in 1965, the first such piece on the market. One of his most intriguing projects was the MP Lafer, a two-seat fiberglass roadster designed to emulate British sports cars. Some 4,300 units were produced over its 16-year manufacturing run in the ’70s and ’80s, with several ending up in the collections of major car museums.

Still, Lafer’s biggest claim to fame is his seating, which he continues to design, drawing inspiration from modern shapes and local materials. In 2017, a retrospective of his work was organized as part of the São Paulo Design Weekend.

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About the Seller
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