Lot 42: John Graz, High Sided Armchair in Oranges Fabric, Brazil, 1950s
November 30, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
John Graz (Brazilian, 1891 - 1980)
HIgh sided armchair reupholstered in Fornasetti oranges fabric, 1950s
76 x 58 x 65 cm; seat height: 35 cm (29.92 x 22.83 x 25.59 in; seat height: 13.78 in)
John Graz (1891-1980)
John Graz was an artist, graphic designer and architect, who studied at the Escola de Belas Artes of Geneva and learned lithography in Munich. In 1920 he came to Brazil and soon became closely associated with the modernistic group, which illustrate the magazine Klaxon. In subsequent years he exhibited his works in several exhibitions and worked together with various architects.
He participated in the Semana de Arte Moderna (Modern Art week) in 1922, exhibiting 7 paintings. In 1923, he collaborated in interior decoration projects with an architect who had just arrived from Russia, Gregori Warshavchik. Never leaving painting aside, Graz worked on the architecture of interior environments and created pieces of furniture, painted frescos, produced sculptures and designed all accessories necessary for his projects, in a conception of "synthesis of arts."
Responsible for decorating the interior of many residences of rich people in Sao Paulo, he designed pieces of furniture, lamps and finishing pieces, like door-knobs, electric switches, designs for chinaware and also jewellery with a strong art deco influence. He also designed pieces of furniture close in style to the Bauhaus and left drawings of some sculptural item, which bought him closer to the Scandinavian School of Design. Many of his works relating to interior decoration and furniture were covered by fabric manufactured by his wife, Regina Gomeide Graz. In the 1990's four of his furniture drawings (a chair, a table and two armchairs), were interpreted by Delia Beru regarding the use of materials and fabricated by Moveis Teperman
Condition: The chair is in good condition and was recently reupholstered in Fornasetti material. The height measures 76 cm, the width is 58 cm and the depth is 35 cm. The seat height is 35 cm.
Viewing: Available upon request.
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