Stunning Leather 'Sheriff' Lounge Chair by Sergio Rodrigues, ISA, Italy, 1961 For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 17 images

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


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


  • 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
Buyer Protection Guaranteed
Our Promise To You: If you're not happy with the way an item arrived, we'll work with the seller on your behalf to ensure you're satisfied with the resolution. Read more

Delivery, Returns & Payment

  • Delivery
    Rates vary by destination and complexity
    Shipping methods are determined by item size, type, fragility and specific characteristics.
    Shipping costs are calculated based on carrier rates, delivery distance and packing complexity.
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

    View details
  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

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.

About the Seller

4.2 / 5
1stdibs seller since 2012
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
Stunning Organic Form '790' Lounge Chair by J.A...
Steiner, Joseph-André Motte
Vintage 1960s French Organic Modern Lounge Chairs
Sheepskin, Oak
Beautiful, organic form, model '790' lounge chair designed by Joseph Andre Motte (1925-2013) for Steiner, France in 1960. This chair has been functionally restored salvaging the ...
Rare Mohair Lounge Chairs by Italian Sculptor F...
Franz Sartori
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Mohair, Wood, Hardwood
Rare and beautiful pair of lounge chairs by italian sculptor and artist Franz T Sartori for Flexform, Milan Italy, circa 1965. Sartori is best known for his organic form sculptors bu...
Stunning Dutch De Ster 1950s Organic Carved Wal...
De Ster Gelderland
Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
This lounge chair is most likely produced by Dutch Manufacturer 'De Ster' who was the predecessor of Gelderland and produced stunning top quality organic Scandinavian styled furnitur...
Pair of Restored, Leather Lounge Chairs by 'Rap...
Raphael Furniture
Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Chrome, Leather, Steel
Lovely pair of leather lounge chairs by French designer Raphael. These chairs have been freshly reupholstered in brown leather, with a snake skin impression, specially commissioned b...
You May Also Like
Original Sheriff Lounge Chair by Sergio Rodrigu...
Sergio Rodrigues, ISA Bergamo
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Leather, Wood
Rare and fully original ''Sheriff'' lounge chair designed by the father of Brazilian modern design Sergio Rodrigues and produced by Isa, Italy, 1962. The lounge chair is made from Br...

"Sheriff" Lounge Chair by Sergio Rodrigues

By Sergio Rodrigues
$3,900 Sale Price
48% Off
"Sheriff" Lounge Chair by Sergio Rodrigues
Sergio Rodrigues
20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Leather, Teak
The "Sheriff" lounge chair by Brazilian designer Sergio Rodrigues. Nice patina to the original leather on a solid teak frame.
Black Leather ‘Sheriff’ Lounge Chairs by Sergio...
Sergio Rodrigues, ISA Bergamo
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Stunning pair of ‘Sheriff’ lounge chairs by Sergio Rodrigues for ISA, Italy, 1961. The smooth black leather makes a nice contrast with the warm tropical wood. The royal natural falli...
Sergio Rodrigues Sheriff Lounge Chair and Ottoman
Sergio Rodrigues
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Leather, Teak
This exceptional vintage example of the Brazilian architect and designer's master work is visually stunning and incredibly comfortable. Designed in 1957, the chair took first prize a...
Mid-century modern Brazilian 'Sheriff' Lounge C...
Sergio Rodrigues
Vintage 1950s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Leather, Rosewood
Sergio Rodrigues “Sheriff”Lounge chair and ottoman with solid jacaranda frame and thick natural black leather seats by Brazilian architect and designer Sergio Rodrigues. Manufacture...
Sergio Rodrigues 'Sheriff' Lounge Chair with Ot...
Sergio Rodrigues
Vintage 1960s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Leather, Wood
'Sheriff' lounge chair and ottoman, in Brazilian wood and leather, by Sergio Rodrigues for ISA, Italy 1961. Comfortable and wide lounge chair by Brazilian designer Sergio Rodriques....

Sergio Rodrigues Lounge Chairs

By Sergio Rodrigues
$11,638 / set
Sergio Rodrigues Lounge Chairs
Sergio Rodrigues
Vintage 1970s Brazilian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Leather, Imbuia
Beautiful Brazilian solid Imbuia wooden and leather Kilin lounge chairs designed by Sergio Rodrigues in 1973. The original and nicely aged leather sling seat has a great patina and l...

Pair of "Sheriff Armchairs" by Sergio Rodrigues

By Sergio Rodrigues
$16,000 / set
Pair of "Sheriff Armchairs" by Sergio Rodrigues
Sergio Rodrigues
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Wonderful pair of Sergio Rodrigues Sheriff armchairs and ottomans with original leather in very good vintage condition. In 1961 the armchair was prized at the IV Furniture Biennial ...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries