Sérgio Rodrigues, Monumental + Exquisite Modernist Jacaranda Desk, Brazil 1960’s


Sérgio Rodrigues (1927–2014)

An imposing and stately floating desk in sumptuous jacaranda wood with contrasting chrome-plated steel details by modern Brazilian design pioneer and frequent Oscar Niemeyer collaborator Sérgio Rodrigues. 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. A large floating top and six angular drawers with circular carved-out handles are raised on sleek architectural legs. The desk’s strong geometric forms are counterbalanced by its sensually burled veneer and the overall lightness of a design that plays on voids and negative space, in an ideal synthesis of the organic and modernist modes that characterized Rodrigues’ best work.

29.5″ H x 70.75″ L x 35.5″ W

Literature: Sérgio Rodrigues, Soraia Cals, p.274.

  • Origin: Brazil
  • Period: c.1965
  • Dimensions: 70.75 W x 35.5 D x 29.5 H
  • Materials: Jacaranda, chrome-plated steel
  • Condition: Very good


Product Description
six drawer desk
Cited in: Sérgio Rodrigues, Cals, p.274.
For Oca
Brazil, 1965
jacaranda, chrome-plated steel
70 3/4 W x 35 1/2 D x 29 1/2 H
Sergio Rodrigues
jacaranda, plywood and chromium-plated metal
height 29 in.; width 70 1/2  in.; length 35 1/2  in.; 73.7 cm; 179 cm; 90.2 cm