6 leather designs from South America.
If you are the type of person who chooses with quality in mind, you'll definitely consume some product from South America. It could be coffee from Colombia, fruits from Brazil, spices from Peru, or designs from all over the continent, quality is the rule at the southern tip of the world.
For a long time, designs with organic, authentic formats and full of regional references were erased by European creations. Fortunately, South American designers have conquered space, and interest in leather furniture that doesn't exist anywhere else is taking over the world.
If you are a tourist, or simply a quality addict, we made this list with 6 designs that will impress you, be it in Spanish or Portuguese.
01. Paulistano armchair.
Paulo Mendes da Rocha was, and will always be, one of the most important architects in Brazilian history, a forerunner of modernism, and the mind behind unforgettable places. But a free mind like his would not be limited to buildings, and Paulo Mendes left an immense contribution to South American design. The Paulistano armchair was initially created for a São Paulo Club, and exhibits all the not-so-basic simplicity of a seat made of extremely adaptable grain leather.
02. Entrevero chair.
Remember when we mentioned that many references are lost when all eyes are on European creations? Well, this chair is pure regional essence. Created by designer Cristián Mohaded, Entrevero is about the material, history, technique, and tradition from Argentina. It’s the transformation and manipulation of leather through various national, artisanal, and industrial techniques. Check out our full interview with Mohaded here.
03. Mole armchair.
Created by one of the masters of Brazilian design, this natural leather armchair perfectly represents Sergio Rodrigues' free thought. Innovative and authentic, it gained international recognition for challenging the classic Bauhaus school, and today it’s the protagonist of interiors that flee from sameness. More details about Mole here.
04. Patagonia chair.
Inspired by the horse saddles and horseback riding typical of Patagonia, this creation by Brazilian designer Bruno Faucz was developed for SACCARO. Patagonia pays homage to the culture of the Argentinian region, highlighting natural leather with bindings and cuff links.
05. Hunting Chairs.
The work of Ecuadorian furniture maker Angel Pazmiño has been internationally recognized since the '60s, when he was part of an initiative by the US Agency for International Development to create furniture from local materials. This chair made from handcrafted leather had advanced functional features for the time, such as its retractable feet.
06. Esfera lounge armchair.
Since the '70s, Brazilian designer Ricardo Fasanello worked with innovative materials for the time, using leather to achieve authentic and bold shapes. The Esfera captures the space-age vibe in both material and form as it's circular and upholstered in leather, with influences from pop culture and modernism.
What's your favorite?