Stunning Leather 'Sheriff' Lounge Chair by Sergio Rodrigues, ISA, Italy, 1961 For Sale
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Stunning Leather 'Sheriff' Lounge Chair by Sergio Rodrigues, ISA, Italy, 1961

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Exotic 'Sheriff' chair by Brazilian architect and designer Sergio Rodrigues, produced by ISA, Bergamo, Italy in 1961. This chair won the 1st gold prize design at the 1961 "Selettiva Concorso Internazionale del Mobile ' in Cantu, Italy a fact proudly declared on the original ISA manufacturer's metal tag attached to the chair. In 1975, Clement Meadmore included the 'Sheriff' Chair on a list of the thirty most representative chairs of the 20th century. Queen Elizabeth II and John F. Kennedy are both reported to have owned the famed Sheriff Chair. Sergio Rodrigues’ 'Sheriff' Chair was first designed in 1957 and the earliest examples were produced for the Brazilian architect’s store Oca, located in Rio de Janeiro. The oversized sling lounges were referred to as the "floppy" chairs by the woodworkers who made them, thus acquiring the name Poltrona Mole or Soft Chair. In 1961, the chair design was slightly modified for inclusion in the IV Concorso Internazionale del Mobile competition in Cantu, Italy. Top designers from around the world - Arne Jacobsen, Carlo de Carli, Macchi, Iganzio Gardella and Sir Gordon Russell - judged the 438 submissions and awarded Rodrigues first prize for his chair. Following the competition, ISA in Bergamo, Italy acquired the rights to production and the chair became widely known as the Sheriff chair. New waxed brown vintage leather upholstery with the original horsehair interior padding The walnut wood frame has been polished and oiled with respect to the original patina and age of the piece

Details

  • Condition Details
    Good original vintage condition with original leather straps and new old stock brown waxed vintage leather upholstery, wood is in good condition with some minor rubbing marks to the legs
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 28.94 in. x W 39.38 in. x D 37.41 in.

    H 73.5 cm x W 100 cm x D 95 cm

  • Seat height
    15.75 in. (40 cm)
  • Seller location
    bergen op zoom, NL
  • Reference number
    LU930112259861

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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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