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


Mid-Century Modern Desk with Armchair by Geraldo de Barros for Unilabor, Brazil

$ 18,000
  • Description
    Available today, this Brazilian Modern desk with Chair designed by Geraldo de Barros for Unilabor in the 50s is nothing less than spectacular!

    The desk is made with Brazilian rosewood (also known as jacaranda) and iron. The tabletop is made with Brazilian rosewood and is supported with a black iron frame. The large drawers are perfect for storage. The wood on this piece has a stunning natural grain with clean lines and beautiful coloring. It has also been refinished and is in excellent condition.

    What makes this desk so special is that it comes with its matching chair, also by Geraldo de Barros in metal and reupholstered white leather seat (original color). A collectors dream! The last images showcase vintage publications of these pieces including Unilabor's manufacture manual.

    This Brazilian modern desk and chair set would be a perfect addition to any home office and will not only look great in any mid-century collection but in any modern, contemporary or eclectic space.

    Geraldo de Barros was a key player in Brazil's Modernist movement during the 1950s. Having initially been a painter close to the European avant-garde and the pioneer of abstract photography in Brazil in the 1940s, de Barros moved into furniture design in the early 1950s.

    He founded the company Unilabor in 1954 with a Dominican priest and skilled tradesmen. Unilabor became one of the most important furniture companies in Brazil, but internal disputes led to its closure in 1967. De Barros then founded Hobjeto, another furniture design company, with Aloísio Bione in 1964.

    Geraldo de Barros' furniture designs were known for their modernist style, clean lines, and use of materials such as wood, metal, and glass. He also incorporated elements of Brazilian culture and traditions into his designs, such as using traditional weaving techniques in his chairs and incorporating local woods like jacaranda and peroba in his pieces. Overall, his designs were functional, elegant, and timeless.

    His work has been exhibited in several museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Pinacoteca do Estado in Sao Paulo. De Barros passed away in 1998, but his legacy continues to influence contemporary artists and designers.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Documented elsewhere (similar item)
    Origin: Brazil
    Period: 1950-1979
    Materials: Hardwood,Leather,Metal,Hand-Painted,Welded,Woodwork
    Condition: Good. Wear consistent with age and use.
    Styles / Movements: Modern, Brazilian Modern, Mid Century
    Incollect Reference #: 682594
  • Dimensions
    W. 43 in; H. 29.1 in; D. 20.5 in;
    W. 109.22 cm; H. 73.91 cm; D. 52.07 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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