Paulo Mendes da Rocha is the winner of the 2006 Pritzker Architecture Prize.
A Brazilian version of a Bauhaus classic, Paulo Mendes da Rocha's Paulistano Chair (1957) is a piece that holds its own with the iconic cantilevered armchairs from Alvar Aalto, Mart Stam, Mies van der Rohe and other European classics. We are exceptionally excited to introduce this chair, which until now has not been available in the US market.
Details that make a difference are the signature of this architect. The frame, a continuous 17-foot piece of solid stainless steel, is shaped under 200 lbs of hydraulic pressure. The result is a sinuous structure welded in a single spot and wrapped in almost an entire hide of leather that will gain depth and luster as it ages.