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Sergio Rodrigues Six Dining Chairs in Wood and Tan Cowhide, Brazil, 1960s

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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. The chairs synthesize a unique combination of Shaker, De Stijl, and Japanese influences. Rodrigues reinterprets them through a distinctly Brazilian lens that prioritizes native woods and refuses to sacrifice well-being at the altar of design, instead using comfort as a guidepost to evolve a new style. An extra-high, triangular curved back, which comfortably supports the body, culminates in a sculptural head-rest reminiscent of Edo-period takamakura. It hinges on a geometric frame that narrows between the front and back legs to form a trapezoid, foregrounding the negative space between the diagonal stretchers, and culminating in hyper-tapered legs. These elegant chairs are unique among Rodrigues' work for their lightness and vertically elongated proportions. A frequent Oscar Niemeyer collaborator dubbed the father of Brazilian furniture, Rodrigues, alongside Joaquim Tenreiro and José Zanine Caldas, spearheaded the country’s ascent as a force for innovative, avant-guard modernism that highlighted indigenous materials and infused the movement’s sometimes impersonal utilitarianism with warmth and dynamism. Brazil, 1960s.
  • Creator:
    Sergio Rodrigues (Designer)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 43.5 in (110.49 cm)Width: 19 in (48.26 cm)Depth: 19 in (48.26 cm)Seat Height: 14 in (35.56 cm)
  • Sold As:
    Set of 6
  • Style:
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1950s
  • Condition:
    Reupholstered. Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. Expertly and sensitively restored and reupholstered.
  • Seller Location:
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU3576321856012
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