The story behind
After the first orders of the new chair, the design was later perfected to balance comfort and aesthetics until the 50s, where it got its final shape. By that time, it found it’s place directly on café terraces and in public parks all across the country.
Today BICAchair has become a symbol of the Portuguese tradition to gather families and friends around a table, enjoying a finely brewed cup of coffee, sharing moments.
A symbol of Portuguese
culture and tradition.
Portuguese ROOTS chair is more than a chair inherited from the past, it’s a piece of history redesigned for the future.
The keeper of
At the tender age of 13, under the legendary master Gonçalo Rodrigues dos Santos, Serafim Pinto Leite commenced an apprenticeship and started down the road to becoming a full-fledged craftsman. Master Serafim, became the right hand man of his mentor, and was the only one who knew the inicial plans and process behind the design of the chair.
Today, at 83 years of age, Master Serafim is the living memory and faithful keeper of a secret that has become an icon of Portuguese design. It is with an almost parental pride that he watches the rebirth of his chair, through the hands of his apprentice, with the name: Portuguese ROOTS chair brought by the hands of designer Alexandre Caldas to AROUNDtheTREE.