Today we pay homage to the renowned Brazilian architect Sergio Rodrigues (1927-2014), and reflect on his contribution to Brazilian furniture design.
Most famously know for his ‘Mole’ armchair (1957) Sergio Rodrigues was dedicated to the design and production of Brazilian furniture. Strongly influenced by the Modernist movement he instilled a very distinct national style into his designs. Using local materials, he preferred to work in teak and leather. His masculine chairs are showstoppers; they are gregarious and handsome, generous in proportion and spirit. The perfect hosts, they promise you comfort like no other. You know that over time their patina will be testimonials to their true quality.
We also are great admirers of his Aspas armchair (1962), with it’s bullhorn embrace. His Mocho stool (1954) is a perfect sidekick with its cupped seat and Rodrigues’ characteristic bulbous legs. These are lovingly crafted objects, incredibly sculptured and robust in personality.
In 1955, Sergio Rodrigues created the Oca Store. This Rio de Janeiro showroom was not only a showcase of his furniture but also an important meeting place for intellectuals and artists. Doubling up as a gallery space it encouraged and promoted artistic and design endeavors.
On 15th May 2012 The Selby was invited in to Rodrigues’ studio to document this creative genius in his environment. What a beautiful shoot ensued, an inspirational visual language of intellectual wisdom and good humour. Playful bold colours are the back drop to piles of books and paper rolls. His sketches, prototypes and miniature models pepper the space.
Proud of his heritage and with a progressive energy, his legacy of furniture will be treasured for generations to come.
Credits: The Selby