Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1927-2014)
Widely known to everyone interested in Brazilian architecture and design, Sergio Rodrigues is undoubtedly one of the greatest names of modernism from Brazil. Architect graduated from the National Academy in Rio de Janeiro, he was contemporary and worked with names such as Olavo Redig de Campos, Lúcio Costa, Gregori Warchavchik and Lina Bo Bardi.
In the 1950s, after a period working as director of interior design at Forma, he opened his own firm Oca (which lasted up to 1968) in Rio. There he designed the Mole armchair (meaning “soft” in Portuguese) in 1957, his most known furniture piece and considered a masterpiece of Brazilian design. It also won the first prize of the Concorso Internazionale do Mobile, in 1961, in Italy. Today, it is a synonym of Brazilian design all over the world.
His production was very extensive lasting for decades until his death in 2014. In fact, all of his furniture express an intrinsic Brazilianism and Rodrigues himself declared many times that was his desire. They also have in common the use of materials: mainly Brazilian wood with leather and natural cane, for instance. His works have already been exhibited at Museum of Art of São Paulo (MASP), Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM-RJ) and Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York (where the Mole armchair is exposed).