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Stella Round Expandable Table by Sergio Rodrigues, Brazilian Midcentury Design



This expandable table is an example of the inventive designs by Sergio Rodrigues (1927-2014). The four-seat table made of solid Rosewood with a veneered top is extendable for six seats, with a practical engine at the table's center. This piece presents some of Rodrigues's well-known characteristics: the robust structures in solid wood, feet, and crossbars with oval sections, chromed brass rods for supporting – the same solution used at the Burton Table. Sergio liked to name his pieces with the names of people he knew. Stella was the name of Sergio's grandmother on the mother's side. She came from a family of intellectuals and had a significant influence on Sergio's upbringing. As an homage, Sergio gave her name to this beautiful and versatile creation. This piece is in the original condition, with wood burning stamps and paper stamps from the manufacturer, Oca. Variable dimensions Opened: H 29.53 in. x W 62.99 in. x D 47.25 in. H 75 cm x W 160 cm x D 120 cm Closed: H 29.53 in. x W 47.25 in. x D 47.25 in. H 75 cm x W 120 x 120 cm.


  • Creator
    Sergio Rodrigues (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29.53 in. (75 cm)Diameter: 47.25 in. (120 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Wood restoration is included and can be done before shipping.
  • Seller Location
    Clifton, NJ
  • Reference Number
    Seller: BO.SRO.019-0011stDibs: LU3979124466492

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    Ships From: sao paulo , Brazil
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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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