Sergio Rodrigues
Sergio Rodrigues was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1927, where he graduated at Faculdade Nacional de Arquitetura in 1952. He turned to furniture design as his main activity. In 1955, he founded Oca (a kind of cabin used by Native Brazilian Peoples as dwellings) – a company whose name is a manifestation of intention, as he has always been committed to seeking an expression of Brazilian identity in his furniture pieces. His aim was to recapture the spirit of simplicity of Native People´s dwellings, integrating past and present in material Brazilian culture.

Among other awards, he received the first place at Italy’s International Cantú Furniture Competition in 1961, with his Mole armchair, which is exported to numerous countries as Sheriff Chair. Mr. Rodrigues left Oca in 1968 and, since then, has been working in his own studio, developing furniture lines for industrial production, architecture projects for hotel, home and office decoration, and systems of prefabs.

Mr. Rodrigues believes he has projected over a thousand different pieces of furniture, and his creations are still abundant. Since 2000, his furniture pieces have been industrially remanufactured, with international distribution. He has participated in numerous international shows – the latest one was Sentando Precedente, at Madrid’s Museo de Artes Decorativas, during the I Bienal Ibero-Americana de Diseño, in 2008. Sergio Rodrigues passed away in 2014, in Rio de Janeiro.

Text - Adélia Borges
Images - Julio Dui

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