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Sergio Rodrigues, Stunning and Monumental Modernist Jacaranda Desk, Brazil, 1962



Sérgio Rodrigues (1927–2014) An important and stately desk, in jacaranda wood with contrasting chrome-plated steel details, by modern Brazilian design pioneer and frequent Oscar Niemeyer collaborator Sérgio Rodrigues. A large floating top, two open cubby-holes, and deep, angular drawers with circular carved handles are raised on architectural I-beam legs fitted into rounded feet, and joined by a modeled crossbar with an arched cutout. The desk’s strong geometric forms are counterbalanced by its sensual, burled veneer and the overall lightness of a design that plays on voids, negative space, and interlocking elements, in an ideal synthesis of the organic and modernist modes that characterized Rodrigues’ best work. 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 native materials and infused the movement’s sometimes impersonal utilitarianism with warmth and dynamism. Brazil, 1962. Measurements: 79" L X 39.5" W X 30" H.


  • Creator
    Sergio Rodrigues (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30 in. (76.2 cm)Width: 39.5 in. (100.33 cm)Depth: 79 in. (200.66 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. Very good, polished condition.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3576322046352

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About the Designer

Sergio Rodrigues

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 Gió 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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