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Percival Lafer Brazilian Black Leather Modular Sofa/Two Pair Chairs

$7,910.71

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A modular black leather sofa with innovative articulated arms ( can be up or down into the unit) the back lifts off to reveal some storage. Amazing as a pairs of chairs, or two smaller sofas. These four pieces can be arranged as two pairs single chairs, one large sofa, or two smaller sofas. Labels to the underside. Size relates to one unit. Brazilian architect, furniture designer, and product developer Percival Lafer championed. Often referred to by collectors as the "best-kept secret" of Mid-Century Modern design, Lafer made an indelible contribution to Brazilian design. Lafer studied architecture at the prestigious Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo. Soon after graduating, Lafer’s father passed away unexpectedly, leaving the family furniture store to his sons. Lafer was forced to abandon his career in architecture before it had begun, diverting instead to furniture design, a career he could pursue more easily due to the nature of his inherited business.

Details

  • Creator
    Percival Lafer (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 26.38 in. (67 cm)Width: 32.68 in. (83 cm)Depth: 38.19 in. (97 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1970s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. The leather is great quality and has a great patina, some areas of scuffing or scratches. No major tears or breaking.
  • Seller Location
    Somerton, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4835120187942

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    Ships From: Somerton, United Kingdom
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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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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