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Paulistano lounge chair

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Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha

The Paulistano armchair is a design classic created by the famous architect and designer Paulo Mendes da Rocha, in 1957, to furnish the lounges of the São Paulo Athletics Club, itself designed by the Brazilian architect. 

Constructivist in design like the building, the Paulistano armchair rests on a structure composed of a single folded steel bar supporting a seat in leather, cotton or steel mesh. 

Its cantilever design (suspended seat without back legs) gives it a pleasant flexibility and aesthetic lightness. The Paulistano armchair blends perfectly into a living room or office, and even into the garden thanks to the outdoor version. It is part of the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). 

Long reserved for collectors with deep pockets, the Paulistano armchair is now produced exclusively by Objekto in partnership with Paulo Mendes da Rocha. 

Made from noble, durable 100% European materials, the fabric version of the armchair has a removable, replaceable cover in genuine cotton canvas from the Vosges region, available in a wide choice of colors. The leather version is made of thick, sensual full-grain vegetable leather. The "Mesh" version is equipped with steel mesh.

The structure is available in several finishes - phosphated carbon steel, polished stainless steel or coated with an extremely resistant epoxy paint.

Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Mesh Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Mesh Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Paulistano Leather

Materials steel and uncorrected full-grain vegetable leather (these leathers may show slight natural scars or marks, a guarantee of their high quality)
Dimensions 70 x 70 x H82 cm – Seat height 38 cm

Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Black leather

Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Matt Black leather

Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Macassar leather

Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Cognac leather

Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Terracotta leather

Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Whisky leather

Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha

White leather

Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Naturel VVN leather

Spare cover Leather or Fabric
from

Paulistano Fabric

Materials steel and 100% cotton Vosges fabric Dimensions 70 x 70 x H82 cm – Seat height 38 cm

Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Natural cotton fabric

Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Beige cotton fabric

Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Olive grey cotton fabric

Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Taupe grey cotton fabric

Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Blue grey cotton fabric

Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Gold cotton fabric

Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Paprika cotton fabric

Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Tissu Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Turquoise cotton fabric

Spare cover Leather or Fabric
from

Paulistano Mesh

Material stainless steel Dimensions 70 x 70 x H82 cm – Seat height 38 cm

Fauteuil Paulistano Mesh Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Mesh Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Paulistano Mesh

Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha
Fauteuil Paulistano Cuir Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Paulo Mendes da Rocha is an international landmark in contemporary Brazilian architecture. After more than 50 years of work, his modernist and humanist conception of architecture remains unchanged. In his own words: "Architecture doesn't want to be functional, it just wants to be appropriate".

Beginning his brilliant career in the late 50s, Paulo Mendes da Rocha quickly created works that were both sincere and daring. Throughout his career, there has been no apparent formal or conceptual discontinuity; however, since the design of the Museum of Sculpture, there has been a subtle transformation in his work. While remaining the same architect and using the same means of expression, his work is gradually demonstrating a complexity previously unknown to him. 

Graduating in architecture in 1954 (Mackenzie University - São Paulo), Paulo Mendes da Rocha set up his own architectural practice in 1955 in São Paulo. Two years later, he was commissioned to design the Club Atletico de São Paulo. It was on this occasion that he created the Paulistano armchair: light and simple. In 1961, this design won an award at the São Paulo Architecture Biennial. That same year, he was invited by João B. Vilanova Artigas to lecture at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of São Paulo.

In designing the Brazilian Pavilion for the 1970 World Exposition in Osaka, Japan (with Flavio Motta, Julio Katinsky and Ruy Ohtake), Paulo Mendes da Rocha demonstrated a frugal style, going against an urbanistic view in which the object of the project is not a protagonist but rather a natural consequence of the need to build a shelter. This project is remarkable for its quality, technological audacity, simplicity and elegance.

Minimal intervention with maximum insight is the hallmark of many of his works. Examples include the recently renovated Pinacoteca Museum of Fine Arts (1993-1998) in the State of São Paulo, winner of the Mies Van der Rohe Award in 2000, or the Cultural Center of the Federation of Industry of the State of São Paulo (Centro Cultural FIESP, 1997-1998).

Paulo Mendes da Rocha is also the author of some small masterpieces: Loja Forma (1987), a furniture store in São Paulo, and the Capela de São Pedro (Saint Peter's Chapel 1988-1990) in Campos do Jordão. Both works are the result of a careful reading of the surroundings, an architectural feat, surprising and fascinating in the way shapes and materials have been harmonized.

This fluidity of space, achieved in a large proportion of his projects, whether through apparent minimal intervention or the rigorous creation of compact spaces, also appears, albeit at a different level, in the architect's residential projects (cf. the Gerassi residence, for example).<

It's important to emphasize that it's not just Paulo Mendes da Rocha's projects or works that have earned him the recognition and admiration of his fellow architects and connoisseurs in Brazil. Above all, the architect is a human being with a sincere interest in his fellow human beings, whose mission is to create the most suitable and viable habitat possible. In this sense, Paulo Mendes da Rocha is a modernist par excellence; nothing distracts him from his vision for a better future.