The Sergio Rodrigues Style Mole Easychair is a high quality reproduction in the style of the original design.
Sergio Rodrigues has been dubbed the father of Brazilian furniture. Indeed, he was responsible for establishing a new paradigm in design, setting himself apart with his very own language in his quest for a clearly recognizable Brazilian identity. He became notorious for his use of robust woods like jacaranda, peroba and imbue to create quintessential icons. His notorious “Mole” (meaning soft) armchair was an immediate success, comprised of jacaranda and upholstered cushions supported by leather straps. The piece, informed by Rodrigues’ playfulness and wit, readily became associated with a typically relaxed Brazilian attitude and lifestyle.
Sergio Rodrigues was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1927. The designer graduated from the Faculdade Nacional de Arquitetura in 1952, and shortly after founded one of the first stores of modern furniture and art in Curitiba. In 1955, Rodrigues opened the more established company Oca, which he referred to as ‘a laboratory for Brazilian furniture and handicrafts’ and became one of the most critical components in the evolution of furniture in Brazil.
Amongst his well-known works are pieces of furniture designed for the Brazilian Embassy in Rome, for the UNB (Brasília University) and the Teatro Nacional (National Theater in Brasília). The designer has worked closely with Oscar Niemeyer, as the latter's interior designer of choice for his buildings in Brasilia.
It’s hard to imagine a more inviting easychair. With its lush leather upholstery and solid conical legs, Mole offers a steadfast refuge from any kind of everyday stress. The chair has had a place for decades in the permanent design collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 1961 Mole, which has also been sold under the name “Sheriff”, won the Concorso Internazionale del Mobile in Italy, suddenly focusing international attention on Brazilian design.
- Dimensions: 118 x 84 x 95 cm
- Upholstered in full Italian top grain leather. Available in a range of colours.
- Solid Ash wood legs
Availability: Pre-order (6-8 weeks)