ESPASSO New York celebrated, on May 22, the opening of “Mole Armchair: 60 Years”, a new exhibition celebrating the 60th anniversary of Sergio Rodrigues’ iconic “Mole” armchair, designed in 1957.
In celebration of its 60th anniversary, sixty limited-edition, made to order, Mole armchair and ottoman are now available to purchase worldwide, and sold exclusively by ESPASSO in the US and the UK.
The ESPASSO exhibition will allow clients, collectors and visitors to dive into the world of Mole and Sergio’s easy spirit and playfulness. While, the main focus of the gallery will be the 60th anniversary of the Mole chair, the exhibition will also display other furniture pieces that represent Sergio’s work and international design relevance.
The exhibition will be open until June 16, at 38 N Moore Street in TriBeCa.
Architectural Digest Editors picked Espasso’s exhibition “Mole Armchair: 60 Years” as one of the top design happenings from New York’s Design Fairs.
Dezeen Magazine offered a peek at the amenity spaces available to residents moving into Herzog & de Meuron’s newest skyscraper in Tribeca, New York. The reading room features Sergio Rodrigues’ “Diz” armchair.
The private facilities, also designed by the Swiss architects, span 17,000 square feet (1,5880 square meters) across the ninth and 10th floors of the 60-storey building at 56 Leonard Street.
Work on the skyscraper completed earlier this year. Its stacked form, which houses 145 residences, has resulted in comparisons to wooden block game Jenga.
The tower is topped with 10 penthouses, while one corner of the ground level appears to be supported by a bulbous mirrored sculpture by artist Anish Kapoor.
Photo courtesy Dezeen and Photographer Alexander Severin
During Miami Art Basel, ESPASSO celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Stella chair, a beloved piece by design icon Sergio Rodrigues. First created in 1956, Sergio Rodrigues’ “Stella” armchair comes in two versions: with a low or high back. ESPASSO fans might already be familiar with the Stella’s low version, but we are proud to add the first ever re-edition of the high back armchair to our collection this holiday season.
HGTV Decor paid homage to Sergio Rodrigues, pointing at their favorite Rodrigues’ pieces – the Chifruda and Mole armchairs and Mocho stool – and sharing the amazing photoshoot of Rodrigues working at his Rio de Janeiro atelier, documented by The Selby in 2012. Check out entire article and slideshow here.
Design, art and antique retail website 1stdibs paid a tribute to Sergio Rodrigues, in memory of the ‘father of Brazilian modern design’ who passed away earlier this month at the age of 86. Greg Cerio composed the homage, gathering quotes about the whimsical icon from such personalities as Lowery Stokes Sims, curator at the Museum of Arts & Design, NY, Christian Larsen of the Wolfsonian-FIU, Miami and ESPASSO’s Carlos Junqueira. Check out entire article here.
Sergio Rodrigues’ passing in Rio de Janeiro earlier this week resulted in an international outpouring of news and mentions. Known as ‘the father of Brazilian modern design’, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun, Washington Post and other main American and international news heralded the architect designer, calling attention to the innovation and influence of his work and vision, highlighting the Mole armchair as the most iconic piece of his oeuvre, which won first prize at the international furniture competition in Cantu, Italy, in 1961. At the time declared by Arne Jacobson as “the only model with up-to-date characteristics… not influenced by passing whims, and absolutely representative of its region of origin” cites Mark C.O’Flaherty on the Civilian, the Mole was included in the collection of MoMA, NY, in the 1970’s. Asked by the New York Times, ESPASSO’s Carlos Junqueira weighs in: “You know he is called the father of Brazilian design… Before him there was no importance given to furniture design in Brazil. He was the first to whom people looked for inspiration.”
“My dear friend Sergio Rodrigues passed away yesterday… Along with his genius and unique creativity what I will miss the most is his sense of humor, compassion and his friendship. I feel very lucky and blessed to have had him in my life. Até breve Chefe!”
– Carlos Junqueira
Sixty years ago Sergio Rodrigues designed his first piece of furniture, marking the beginning of a celebrated career as designer and architect while branding Brazilian mid-century aesthetic along the way. That piece was the Mocho, which Rodrigues took inspiration from a traditional three-legged milking stool for its form and function. Playful, practical and unique, the design of the Mocho stool signals at signature elements that Rodrigues’ pieces would become famous for, making it a classic piece in the history of Brazilian design, available in the US and Europe exclusively at ESPASSO. Brazilian design magazine Bamboo did a feature on the Mocho on their current issue, celebrating the commencement of a new design era led by good-humored Rodrigues.
In 1973, Sergio Rodrigues designed the Kilin armchair at his wife’s request. She wanted a practical piece that could be easily moved around. The ingenious design of the Kilin, evident of Rodrigues’ signature forms and materials, consists of a wood frame and leather sling slipcover that are easily assembled by dowels and pins while considerably lighter than Rodrigues’ other iconic armchairs. With its name derived from an abbreviated version of Rodrigues’ tender nickname for his wife, ‘esquilinho’ (or ‘small squirrel’), the Kilin is a straightforward and versatile armchair that quickly became a Brazilian design classic and bears a little of Rodrigues’ personal history within it.