Xavantes, Brazil (1923) – São Paulo, Brazil (1998)
Geraldo de Barros was one of the greatest visual artists of Brazilian modernism: besides being a furniture designer, acted as photographer, painter, engraver and draftsman, always committed to innovate. In furniture, Barros was a pioneer exploring the concept of modular fitment, creating, with few components, pieces in which the compartments could get new different functions; Even a furniture piece could be used with different purposes.
Pioneer of abstract photography in the country with as Fotoformas [photoforms], he studied lithography at the School of Fine Arts in Paris and founded, in 1952, the concretist painting group Ruptura, along with Luiz Sacilotto, Lotar Charoux, Leopold Haar, Anatol Wladislaw, Kazmer Féjar and Waldemar Lamb. Also, alongside Alexander Wollner and Rubens Martins, he founded Forminform in 1957, the first Brazilian design office.
Finally, he founded Unilabor in 1954, a working cooperative where he created iconic modern furniture. Ten years later, he founded Hobjeto, designing furniture and working along the carpenters in its final concept. The company, a commercial success, lasted until 1997.