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Percival Lafer MP-211 Brazilian Rosewood & Leather Lounge Chair & Ottoman, 1970s

$6,500Asking Price


A well-preserved vintage Percival Lafer MP-211 Brazilian rosewood and leather lounge chair and ottoman made in Sao Paolo, Brazil by Lafer S.A Ind. e Com, circa 1975. This piece has come from the Carmel, NY estate of the original owner, has seen minimal usage in its lifetime and remains in excellent original condition. Leather upholstery in very good vintage condition. Urethane foam completely intact. A bolted steel underframe allows for the idiosyncratic, outward-leaning stance of this design to be stronger than needed while remaining light. Complete MP-211 set with full-sized and two-seat sofa available, see other listings for matching pieces, please enquire within.


  • Creator
    Percival Lafer (Designer),Lafer (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29 in. (73.66 cm)Width: 38 in. (96.52 cm)Depth: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Seat Height: 16 in. (40.64 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1975
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. small stable 1/2" tear to ottoman's leather top ottoman's dimensions: H:16"W:31"D:23".
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU81415449753

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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 (b. 1936). 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.Find a collection of authentic Percival Lafer furniture on 1stDibs.
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