Offered by: Found Collectibles
255 West 36th St. Suite 502-503 New York City, NY 10018 , United States Call Seller 954.294.3099


Bar Cart in Hardwood, Iron, & White Formica by Geraldo de Barros, 1950s

$ 12,000
  • Description
    This mid-century modern bar cart is made with Brazilian hardwood and has a black iron frame with white formica on the interior shelf. It features a large shelf, silver wheels on each leg, and two removable trays that can be moved on a sliding mechanism. The wood has a stunning natural grain with beautiful patterns, and can be styled into any kind of home. In addition, the wood on this piece has been refinished and is in excellent condition.

    Geraldo de Barros (1923-1998) was one of the key players of the modernist movement in Brazil in the 1950s. He began his career as a painter and was a pioneer of abstract photography in Brazil in the 1940s (his works are part of the MoMa collection). Eventually, Geraldo de Barros went to furniture-making in the 1950s, seeking a more popular art form that would make his work available to a larger audience. In 1954, he founded the company Unilabor with a Dominican priest and skilled tradesmen. Unilabor was run by its employees and all benefits shared between them, thus becoming the first communitarian business in modern Brazilian history. Unilabor quickly grew to become one of the most important furniture companies in the country, but internal disputes led to the end of the company in 1967. In 1964, De Barros founded another furniture design company called Hobjeto, which had a more capitalistic approach without losing his constructive characteristics. Until his retirement in 1989, de Barros designed numerous furniture lines in this industrial manner. Nowadays, De Barros' pieces are rare, and few have been preserved.

    Size: H79.8, W89.0, D45.0 (cm) H31.4, W35.0, D17.7 (in)
    Materials: Brazilian hardwood, iron, formica
  • More Information
    Documentation: Documented elsewhere (similar item)
    Origin: Brazil
    Period: 1950-1979
    Materials: Formica,Iron,Wood,Metalwork,Woodwork
    Condition: Good. Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use.
    Styles / Movements: Modern, Mid Century
    Incollect Reference #: 674114
  • Dimensions
    W. 35 in; H. 31.4 in; D. 17.7 in;
    W. 88.9 cm; H. 79.76 cm; D. 44.96 cm;
Message from Seller:

Found Collectibles is a furniture and décor gallery located in 225 West 36th Street, Suite 503 in New York City, dedicated to sourcing unique yet timeless collections from across the globe. Each collection tells a story particular to its time and place in history. Specializing in expert craftsmanship, we only feature small-batch, high-quality designs. Contact us: Mobile: +1 954 294 3099, Landline: +1 646 649 4260

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