Brazilian Jangada Chair by Jean Gillon for R4,000

One of the finest and most famous pieces crafted by the legendary 60s Brazilian designer Jean Gillon, these exquisite lounge chairs are a prime example of modern contemporary design. Handmade in Brazil by Italma Wood Art in solid Brazilian rosewood, which portrays its naturalistic heritage. Over time the leather wore to a point that the owner had to reupholster with new fabric.  A pity that the owner new bought the footstool as this would complete the chair The pegged joints with cord braces in certain areas are worn, the wood is in very good condition with age appropriate wear to overall its a beautiful 20th-century example of the modernist philosophy that form should follow function.


About the designer

Jean Gillon was born in Iasi, Romania, in 1919, where he graduated at the Architec-ture and Fine Arts schools at
the National University. He took specialization courses at Vienna’s Kunstgewerbschulle
and at Leeds’s Arts and Crafts School – where he later worked as visiting lecturer. In 1956, already possessing a consistent portfolio, he moved to São Paulo, where he developed simultaneous actions on three main axis: interior architecture, fine arts and design. Regarding architecture, he acquired renown in the hotel business, projecting tens of luxury hotels throughout Brazil, as well as stores and homes. In fine arts, he was a prolix creator of tapestries – usually one-of-a-kind pieces elaborated with different techniques, based on gouache drawings.

beautiful 20th-century example of the modernist philosophy that form should follow function.





Jean Gillon started to design furniture due to his architecture clients’ demands and, in 1961, he founded his first company, Fábrica de Móveis Cidam, later followed by WoodArt, in which he produced full lines of Brazilian rosewood furniture pieces and objects, using leather and upholstery as well. A successful businessman, he turned to exports and at one point he worked with twenty two different countries. He collabo- rated with MTM – Indústria de Móveis Village, Italma, and Probel, which produced his designs. In 1991, his Jangada (raft) armchair received a mention at the Mov esp Award. In 1992, he was honoured as Professional of the Year by Associação Brasileira de Ar-quitetos de Interiors Decoradores [Brazilian Association of Interior Architects and Designers]. Jean Gillon passed away in 2007, in São Paulo.

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