Sergio Rodrigues, Stunning and Monumental Modernist Jacaranda Desk, Brazil 1962

$33,500

Sérgio Rodrigues (1927–2014)

An important and stately director’s desk, in sumptuous jacaranda wood with contrasting chrome-plated steel details, by modern Brazilian design pioneer and frequent Oscar Niemeyer collaborator Sérgio Rodrigues. A large floating top, two open cubby-holes, and deep, angular drawers with circular carved handles are raised on architectural I-beam legs fitted into rounded feet, and joined by a modeled crossbar with an arched cutout. The desk’s strong geometric forms are counterbalanced by its sensually burled veneer and the overall lightness of a design that plays on voids, negative space, and interlocking elements, in an ideal synthesis of the organic and modernist modes that characterized Rodrigues’ best work.

Dubbed the father of Brazilian furniture, Rodrigues, alongside Joaquim Tenreiro and José Zanine Caldas, spearheaded the country’s ascent as a force for innovative, avant-guard modernism that highlighted native materials and infused the movement’s sometimes impersonal utilitarianism with warmth and dynamism.

Brazil, 1962.

Measurements: 79″ L X 39.5″ W X 30″ H.

  • Origin: Brazil
  • Period: c.1962
  • Dimensions: 79" L X 39.5" W X 30" H.
  • Materials: Jacaranda, chrome-plated steel
  • Condition: Very good refinished condition; age consistent with age and use.

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