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Designer Name: Percival Lafer
Born-Died: 1936 -
Style: Percival Lafer is particularly famous for his sofa and chair designs. They often feature opposing elements like the combination of plush leather upholstery with low-profile hardwood structures. His style was seen as contemporary and original and many of his designs were patented.
Materials Used: Lafer's creations were exquisitely crafted in gorgeous-looking, solid hardwoods that were novel to American consumers at the time. With meticulously finished details and burnished leather upholstery, he captured the modern aesthetic of the moment.
Specialized In: Furniture
History of designer: Lafer was born in Brazil where he worked alongside his father and brothers at their family furniture company. He graduated from Mackenzie Presbyterian University in Sao Paulo with a major in architecture. After his father passed away, he had to change his focus and began to work at the family business full time. Many believe that this shift in his career took his focus away from becoming a great architect and he instead became a great furniture designer.
When Lafer was designing furniture in 1961, his goal was to bring good design to everyone, not just the elite. He made it a point to create well-made pieces that were both modern and affordable. That's why his works became major sellers in Scandinavia and Western Europe.
Brazilian mid-century modern armchairs by designer Percival Lafer with jacaranda wood frames. Both chairs can double as chaise lounges with minor adjustment.
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