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Sergio Rodrigues for Isa Bergamo Sheriff Lounge Chair and Ottoman, Signed 1950s



Large and comfortable Lounge chair with Ottoman by Sergio Rodrigues for the manufacture of Isa Bergamo under the name MOLE chair or Sheriff. Designed in 1957, the chair won first prize at the IV International Furniture Competition in 1961. Originally nicknamed "Mole armchair" or "soft chair" for its decidedly relaxed style and large wide cushion. Later the armchair was called and became known as the "Sheriff's chair" because of its typical sheriff's straps and belts. The leather cushion supported by leather straps and draped over the sculptural wooden frame has a casual aesthetic that has become a trademark of Brazilian design. The seat of the armchair and its pouf is in natural black leather. The chair and its pouf are branded Isa. Pouf size: Height 42 cm depth and width 63 cm. The Lounge chair is perfect to complete modern living spaces and spacious enough to contain its great importance.


  • Creator
    Sergio Rodrigues (Designer),ISA Bergamo (Manufacturer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 31.5 in. (80 cm)Width: 33.47 in. (85 cm)Depth: 37.41 in. (95 cm)Seat Height: 15.75 in. (40 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. There are some scratches due to its age and its use in wood, but its structure is perfect. Even the straps are not broken or damaged. The leather is in very good condition, you can see that in some places the leather is slightly worn due to its use.
  • Seller Location
    Milano, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4911219955952

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About Sergio Rodrigues (Designer)

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 chairs, sofas, tables, beds and dressers 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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