Sergio Rodrigues Very Large Custom Made Dining Table
Sergio Rodrigues, large rosewood table, Brazil, 1950s
This grand dining table has been custom made for a private client in Rio de Janeiro. The table has been in made on request and therefore it is a unique design. The table with a diameter of 250 cm. What makes this table interesting apart from its sheer size is the book-matched rosewood top. The pedestal, four-legged foot, is robust and strong. The design is typical of Rodrigues aesthetics that is rooted in Brazilian heritage. Meaning strong forms and warm, natural high-quality materials.
Sergio Rodrigues (1927-2014) started working in the 1950s, when the foundations of modern Brazilian architecture where already laid out, yet furniture was still expressing styles of the past and not the clean lines that modernist architecture and life demanded. Rodrigues set himself to this task: to design furniture that was both truly Brazilian and modernist at the same time. Over his working life, Rodrigues designed more than 1200 different models of furniture. Rodrigues has also worked closely with Oscar Niemeyer, as the latter's interior designer of choice for his buildings in Brasilia. The result of Rodrigues's relentless search for contemporary Brazilian design has lead to a very peculiar design language. That of a robust, personal and pure language. Yet what is important is that Rodrigues never really let go of the tradition of Brazilian design either, using local woods. His design is therefore seen as the true expression of Brazilian spirit: warm, happy, sturdy and robust.