Iasi, Romania (1919) – Sao Paulo, Brazil (2007)
Graduated designer from the School of Fine Arts at the University of Iasi in Romania Gillon moved to Brazil in 1956 and began to create pieces of modern furniture working especially with jacaranda which he used to create furniture and objects. Here he also worked as an architect, developing projects for hotels, as well residences and offices. Gillon also made tapestries and was a painter and sculptor.
One of his most famous works, the Jangada armchair (1968), was inspired by his many trips to Bahia with its coast punctuated by typical small boats. The great innovation was in the design which included not only wood and leather, but a braided rope structure which provided at the same time comfort and aesthetics. This guaranteed the Jangada to receive a mention in the prize Movesp in 1991.
Gillon owned the Cidam furniture factory, later renamed WoodArt. In addition, he collaborated with other factories that produced his designs, among them Italma, Probel and Village. Also, he had works chosen for international, individual and collective exhibitions and prizes and nowadays he is an essential name for admirers of Brazilian furniture from the 1950s and 1960s.