PORTUGUESE ROOTS

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The Most Remarkable Portuguese Chair design in the World since 1953.

Reborn in wood and cork

 

patent by AROUNDtheTREE

THE HISTORY

The history of this chair goes back to the post-war era, the late forties (40’s), to a time of master craftsmen, in which Gonçalo Rodrigues dos Santos, founded of a small weld shop in Lisbon. Proud of his art and labor, a true all-rounder producing at the time a variety of products such as juice extractors, shoe heels, etc… and at a certain point, chairs. Master Gonçalo Rodrigues dos Santos . The leap towards the chairs production came from his tube bending invention, a machine that he maintained hidden at all times and only on weekends would he perform his lonely tasks in an effort to keep his secret safe. In those days, and according to master Serafim’s testimonies, ergonomics were based on workers opinions who after every model’s completion were asked to sit down and evaluate its comfort.

Whenever unanimity was achieved, the final model was found and it was then, back in 1953, outside the  “Café Lisboa”  in   the   Avenida   da   Liberdade  . It was in the late sixties that the Gonçalo chair reached its peak.
After 1974, the year of the Portuguese revolution, and the disappearance of master Gonçalo Rodrigues dos Santos, a new revolution arose, one of plastic and counterfeit. It is now to us, a new generation of “believers”, who have learned from the very best, the responsibility   of honoring and to continue to add value, material and history, to one of the greatest national icons.
The eager to value such patrimony, establishes itself by the hand of Alexandre  Caldas, who at age 15, entered the world of Furniture  and Soraia Rangel  degree in marketing and advertising and completely in love  design .
History repeats itself… but this time…
with a totally different will… to show out chair to the world!…
Designed by Alexandre Caldas

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MUDE – PORTUGUESE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DESIGN

Made in different woods.
YOU CHOOSE.

LIMITED EDITION

M O R E   T H A N   A   C H A I R … a   P I E C E   O F   A R T !

LIMITED EDITION again inspired by a Portuguese tradition. The Portuguese TILES, their tradition and their technique.  Portuguese ROOTS Chair and Table hand-painted with the original technique of painting on tile. For five centuries, the tile holds a prominent position among the Portuguese decorative arts.  Although throughout its history has suffered multiple influences, it has developed in Portugal very unique characteristics.  Therefore, this collection is itself a tribute to our traditions.

NEW VERSION

NOW with upholstery on the back …. so Confortable , so Elegant !
Designed by Alexandre Caldas | Patent by AROUNDtheTREE

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PROJECT DETAILS

N a m e : Portuguese ROOTS Chair
W i d t h : 40 cm
D e p t h : 49 cm
H e i g h t : 73 cm
P a c k a g i n g : 55W x60D x 80H
P a c k a g i n g : 1 piece /package
W e i g h t : 5,5 kg

Designer
Alexandre Caldas