The emblematic part of the work of Reno Bonzon is certainly the rocking chair "Gaivota", probably the most rewarded creation in Brazil, combining at the same time aestheticism and ergonomy. Both Museum of the Brazilian House Prize and Movesp Prize winner in 1988, this creation was selected in 1990 to represent Brazil at the Biennial of Design in São Paulo.
The curved forms of both seat and back were defined by Reno Bonzon, as he was sat in deep snow during a stay in French Alps and had a look at his bodyprint after standing up. Keeping ergonomy in mind, Reno wanted to reproduce this confortable form. He paid a special attention to both dimensions and balance making this rocking chair very confortable whatever the size of the person may be.
The Jury of the Museum of the Brazilian House Prize particularly underlined "the principle of manufacturing giving the product its great lightness" as well as "the aesthetic qualities combined with the ergonomic factor". For the sake of environment he chose the plywood manufacturing process in order to give value to wood trimmings. Furthermore this process allowing the creation of large curves, Reno took advantage of this property to introduce the movement in his creation
The design of the rocking chair, its sinuous curves, irrevocably reminds the movement even statically represented on a picture. Elegance and confort characterize the Gaivota.
(1954) - France
Renaud Bonzon’s work is mostly based on wood work, particularly on the technique of the laminated. Recently, along with jeweller Ligia Miguez, he explored the fields of iron and aluminium. The emblematic creation of Reno Bonzon is surely the rocking chair «Gaivota», probably the object most rewarded in Brazil, combining aestheticism, comfort and ergonomics. The «Galho» lamp, «twig» in English, was selected to be part of the International Design Book 2000 by Ingo Maurer.
• Brazilian Biennale of Design’s sélection - 1990
• Museo da Casa Brasileira Award - 1988
• MOVESP Prize - 1988
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