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Rocking chair by Michel Arnoult, 1950s Brazil

Rocking chair by Michel Arnoult, 1950s Brazil

6,500.00 ₪Price

Very rare and high-end Rocking chair, designed by the French architect Michel Arnoult, seat and back in bent plywood, covered in mahogany, 1950’s Sao Paulo, Brazil.


L60 D70 H92

Michel Arnoult

Born in Paris and adoptive Brazilian, Michel Arnoult is recognized as one of the fathers of the Ready-To-Assemble furniture (RTA) and the flat-packaging. Arrived in Brazil early in the fifties, he makes friend with the modern architect Oscar Niemeyer and the painter Cândido Portinari. At this time, modern architecture and its applications in the field of social housing reach their peak and Michel Arnoult notices that there are no suitable furniture for the smallest dimensions of these new interiors. Then he decides to design simple furniture and focuses its researches on the concept of RTA furniture. This innovative and daring approach at that time is immediately fruitful and Michel Arnoult becomes the first businessman of RTA furniture in Brazil and sets up in 1952 in Curitiba his company Mobilia Cotemporânea. This company was one of the very first companies in the world to be devoted exclusively to RTA furniture design and manufacture. He particularly takes an interest in the optimization of the production by using standard parts, common to various furniture model, and the optimization of volumes by using flat-packs. With this perpetual research for production costs minimization and industrial processes adapted to large series, Michel Arnoult offers to the Brazilian middle class some qualitative, cheap and easy to assemble furniture. By this revolutionary approach, Its new flat-pack concept makes the customers able to carry easily their chair, table or shelves. It was the premises of the current Cash & Carry. One of the best examples of this concept is his armchair “Peg Lev” literally “I take and I carry”.

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