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José Zanine Caldas 

José Zanine Caldas 'Cadeira do Rei' Chair in Solid Wood 

$114,000.00
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A unique and exquisite armchair made out of a solid and heavy piece of wood in the late 1970s. The ‘Cadeira do Rei’, or King’s chair, was made after the military coop, a period in which Caldas abandoned the rigid design aesthetics of Modernism and solely worked with local materials that he could find. The chair is part of Móveis Denúncia’ – or ‘Protest Furniture’ – a series that Caldas made in Bahia, Brazil’s most Afro-Brazilian region, in which he only used fallen or dead trees. In this area, music, religion, and dance reflect a tradition of revelry and being. African influence is clearly visible in the robustness of the chair, a sense of honest materialism and sturdiness. Moreover, there is attention for comfortability due to the soft warm wood that has been carved out to optimally carry the user’s body. The piece is highly sculptural and has an organic flow.
José Zanine Caldas (1919-2001) was born in Belmonte, Brazil, in 1919. From a young age, he was already fascinated by the environment, but especially by trees. While most of the architects during his period had studied extensively, Zanine Caldas developed his own style through experimenting. Caldas was an autodidact and started his career as designer in the construction industry. He worked as a model builder for designers and architects including Oscar Niemeyer. In 1948, he co-founded the joinery company, Móveis Artístico Z. THowever, already two years later, he decided to leave the company and return to his home state Bahia. Later he began to work with local mateHowever, already two years later, he decided to leave the company and return to his home state Bahia. Later he began to work with local materials and combined the colonial aesthetic with the new modernist style. Caldas held a strong believe that man should live in harmony with nature. Up until his death, Zanine kept his vision and ideas alive.

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José Zanine Caldas 

Designer


  • Color/

    Brown

  • Exclusive/

    Yes

  • Material/

    Solid Wood

  • Dimension/

    81.0 x 68.0 x 78.0 cm (31.9 x 26.8 x 30.7 in)

  • Style/

    Brazilian Modern

  • Heritage/

    Brazil

  • Ships from/

    Netherlands

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