Designed in 1957 by Paulo Mendes da Rocha, the Paulistano armchair was part, for many years, of the living rooms of the Athletic Club of São Paulo. The constructivist concept of the structure, made up from a single bended steel bar, and its cover, made up of leather or cotton, procure to this armchair an esthetical lightness and an incomparable comfort.
Edited in small series within the last years (hardly 350 pieces in the world), the Paulistano armchair emerges from the past to show that the purity and the elegance of its lines are timeless: a masterpiece.
The Paulistano lounge chair has been included in the famous permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art of New York (MoMA)
(1928) - Victória - Brazil
Paulo Mendes da Rocha is an international reference of the Brazilian architecture. Influenced at his beginning by his elders Oscar Niemeyer, Affonso Eduardo Reidy and the «brutalist» João Vilanova Artigas, he is part of those who knew, in their practice, to create an international style while keeping well anchored the Brazilian spirit. His work is assimilated to the «São Paulo’s brutalist architecture school», a movement of creators focused on forms, simple materials and on a certain ethic. A brutalism which refers to the rough concrete. He creates works at the same time sincere and daring, imaginative and unexpected and always leaves an important place to the social dimension in his art. The architect is a Man who carries a sincere interest in humankind, who has the role to create the most adequate and viable habitat possible. In that sense, Paulo Mendes da Rocha is a modernist; nothing distracts him from his vision for a better future. In 2006, Paulo Mendes da Rocha is awarded for his all carrier by the Pritzker Prize of Architecture.
• Pritzker Prize of Architecture - 2006
• Permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA), Architecture and Design department.
• Mies Van der Rohe Award for Latin America - 2000
• Museo da Casa Brasileira Award - 1987
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