SERGIO RODRIGUES

SERGIO RODRIGUES

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Kiko | Sergio Rodrigues

A pair of Rosewood and yellow leather Sergio Rodrigues "Kiko" arm chairs with circular chrome accents and chrome casters.

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.

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Type of Wood:  Rosewood (Jacarandá)

Dimension: 

H 31.11 in. x W 21.66 in. x D 24.81 in. / H 79 cm x W 55 cm x D 63 cm

Date of Creation: 1964

Published in:

Revista GIZ, São Paulo, 2016, pag. 348/349

Interni Magazine, Milano, 2017, pag. 68