Architect and designer Sergio Rodrigues (1927-2014) was an ambassador of Brazilian modernism, creating work that is often described as embracing and promoting a sense of "Brazilianness" through form and choice of native materials. His "Sheriff" chair, launched in 1958, was an international phenomenon, winning first prize at the Italian Furniture Fair in 1961 and seeing inclusion in numerous surveys of iconic 20th century design. This chair, a slouchy leather cushion slung across leather straps on a solid rosewood frame, came to symbolize the relaxed, informal vernacular that informed both his design and architecture.
Throughout his career Rodrigues built off of the community that shaped him -- combining classical detailing and exceptional traditional woodworking with contemporary shapes and scale. His keen sense of humor and preference for the natural and even sensual imbues his furniture with a unique sense of life and whimsy.