With its elegantly rounded bends, the Pudica Chair has a subtext that reads far deeper than its deceptively minimalist design. For inspiration, Brazilian designer Pedro Paulo Venzon turned to two historic architectural styles while designing the chair: Brazilian Colonialism and early 20th-century Rationalism. Pudica’s defined arches are inspired by historic religious structures in Brazil—formerly a Jesuit Portuguese colony—while its restrained and exacting lines derive from a less elaborate Rationalist background.
The stackable chair is available in carbon steel or solid brass (shown); Venzon selected the former material to reference to the prevalence of steel in the Brazilian furniture of the 1950s, and the latter for its timeless quality. The Pudica Chair measures 33.46"-tall by 13"-wide.
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