Pair of armchairs
Lacquered metal and fabric
H. 80 W. 62 D. 57 cm
Geraldo de Barros, is a Brazilian painter, photographer and designer born in Chavantes, Brazil in 1923.
He was one of the exponents of vanguard in Brazilian art, a precursor of concrete art and pioneer in abstract photography.
He was also active as a furniture designer from the mid 50’s. In 1954 he founded the company Unilabor with Joao Pereira Batista Pereira Dos Santos, a dominican friar he had met two years before. Unilabor was ran and self-managed by its employees, and all benefits equally shared between them, thus becoming the first communautarian business in modern brazil history. Unilabor grew quickly to become one of the most important furniture company in the country, but internal disputes led to Barros’s dismissal in 1964 and the end of the company in 1967.
Geraldo de Barros kept on with furniture design, creating Hobjeto a few months later, achieving wide success in the 1970’s, before leaving the company in 1979, after his first heart attack.
Geraldo de Barros had also founded in 1958 with Alexander Wollner the first graphic design studio in Brazil, Forminform.