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Drawing by Sergio Rodrigues

Drawing by Sergio Rodrigues

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Artist Sergio Rodrigues designs an environment for a luxury apartment in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Study by furniture creator Sergio Rodrigues.
  • 43 cm x 30 cm.
  • No information about the date.
  • Average condition, the drawing needs to be restored.
  • Unique piece.

We already know that Brazil is known worldwide for its music. There are also many painters born in Brazilian lands who have gained prominence around the globe, and, even in architecture, national names are studied in universities around the world. However, not everyone knows that, also in design, Brazilian artists are world-renowned. This is the case of Sérgio Rodrigues, a designer whose pieces were chosen by Lúcio Costa to furnish none other than Brasília. Rodrigues also won awards in several countries and transformed the design concept of his time.

Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1927, at the age of 20 Sérgio entered the faculty of architecture at the University of Brazil (FNA), in the capital of Rio. The student prodigy began working as an assistant professor even before finishing his degree, and, in 1951, he received an invitation to participate in the development of the project for the Centro Cívico de Curitiba, which is why he moved to the city where he created “Móveis Craftsmanship from Paraná”. It was the beginning of his work focused on creating interior architecture, which would mark his career from that moment on. In subsequent years, Sérgio delved deeper into the art of furniture and met renowned European designers who influenced the elegance of his design without, however, ever moving him away from his Brazilian roots.

Sérgio developed his own style which, in addition to winning numerous awards, created a national identity, strongly influenced by modernism. Brazilianness was highlighted not only in his designs, but in the choice of traditionally local materials, such as leather, straw and wood, which exalted Brazilian culture since its indigenous origins. The mix of international and indigenous trends can be seen in the visual study made by Sérgio, in which a photo and a drawing complement each other, highlighting traditional elements and ocher tones typical of local materials.

The most famous work by this great artist is the “soft armchair”, made of leather and wood. Its fitting and upholstery innovations are a reference in the industry to this day, and the original armchair is part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. With a variation of this design, Sérgio received first prize at the Concurso Internazionale del Mobile, in Cantù, Italy, a moment that boosted his career internationally. Still, Rodrigues never forgot Brazil, and proof of this is that years later he opened a studio in Rio de Janeiro with the aim of selling furniture at affordable prices, bringing design within the reach of the population.

Here we have an illustration of a great Brazilian name that leveraged Brazilian art and culture to a prominent position on the international scene.

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