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Geraldo de Barros


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This stool certified by Fabiana de Barros daughter of Geraldo de Barros was produced in 1956 by Geraldo de Barros’ most important venture as a furniture designer. In 1954 de Barros founded Unilabor, a co-operative furniture manufacturer that became a mechanism of modernization from below.

Unilabor was unity in work and a unity through work. A self-managed factory was run by the workers, it was a system of production that aimed to unify not only form and function, but also a living community and production processes. The discreet beauty of Unilabor furniture pieces is certainly informed by this balance of forces. In its context, Unilabor became a social model. It was a working environment perceived as healthy. It was created to be less a company, more a community.

Unilabor, by Mauro Claro. Brasil, 2004. Senac SP; Arquitetura e Urbanismo edition (2004); Brazilian Modern Design, Alberto Vicente, Mar- celo Vasconcellos, Olhares Edicioes, 2017. Page 281.

Private collection, Sao Paulo

Side Gallery, Barcelona, Unilabor: A terceira Via, Apr 19 2018 – Jul 12 2018
Opelvillen Rüsselsheim, Frankfurt, Unilabor, Möbel und Fotografien, Sep 25 2019 – Jan 12 2020

Geraldo de Barros


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    Jacaranda and leather upholstery

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    38.0 x 44.0 x 38.0 cm (15.0 x 17.3 x 15.0 in)

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