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In Store @ NoHo Modern: “Quotation Marks” Chair

Posted: Nov 12, 2008 | by Allan | Comments (0)

“Quotation Marks” Chair

“What the $%*# is that?”

There’s a good chance that may be your initial reaction upon seeing Sergio Rodrigues‘ “Quotation Marks“  chair out of the corner of your eye in the window of NoHo Modern as you speed up La Cienega.

“Was that a chair?”

It certainly is, although, it’s probably best described as a piece of art.  It was designed and built for the “Furniture As Objects of Art” exhibit in Rio in 1962 out of solid, sculpted jacaranda and leather. This was the only one ever made, as it was determined to be too difficult and costly to put into production.  It had been underground for years until the guys from NoHo Modern uncovered it while shopping in Brazil.  Before officially acquiring the chair, it was taken to Sergio Rodrigues himself, who is now in his 80s and living in Rio, in order to have it personally authenticated.  Sergio almost wept.  He couldn’t believe he was seeing his chair again.  It was a powerful moment.

The swooping headrest is it’s most obvious, distinguishing feature evoking the literal form of quotation marks, but it also grounds the design as a wing chair, albeit a majestic variation on that theme.  Call it what you will; it’s worth pulling over, parking your car and checking out.  I’m sure you’ll find your own descriptive, interpretive words to put between those ”   “.

NoHoModern  750 N La Cienega Blvd  310.360.3990

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