The Mendes da Rocha's Paulistano Replica armchair is a high quality reproduction in the style of the original design.
Born in Brazil in 1928, Mendes da Rocha began his career in Sao Paulo in the 1950s as a member of the "Paulist brutalist" avant garde. He received a degree in architecture in 1954, opened his office in 1955 and soon thereafter created an early masterpiece, the Athletic Club of Sao Paulo (1957). Civic landmarks, museums, schools, hotels, private houses and apartment buildings followed and Mendes da Rocha took his place in the pantheon of Brazilian architects, second only perhaps to Oscar Neimeyer, designer of the capital city of Brasilia.
Mendes da Rocha has maintained a private practice, taught at the University of Sao Paulo and acted as President of the Brazilian Institute for Architects. He has received many awards, including the Mies van der Rohe prize for Latin American Architecture (2000) that first won for him international recognition. The award paid tribute to the architect's respectful renovation of the Pinacoteca do Estado, Sao Paulo's oldest fine arts museum.
In the imaginative modernist spirit that marks his buildings, Mendes da Rocha designed the sculptural Paulistano Armchair (1957) to be part of the living rooms of the Athletic Club of Sao Paulo and it has been included in collection of the Museum of Modern Art, in New York. Made by bending a single steel bar and attaching a leather seat and back, the elegant sling chair pushes the limits of structural form, yet remains supremely comfortable and functional. It is a great chair for the living room, hallway or bedroom.
The name Mendes da Rocha or Paulistano are only used to describe the characteristics of the goods made to the original design, and is not a trade mark.
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