Boitatá

Chair

The Boitatá reading chair is inspired by an unusual combination of two very Brazilian sources of stories: the folkloric indigenous character Boitatá, a giant protective serpent that spits fire from the native forests of the Amazon, and the period of national history in which the north of the country flourished and prospered called the rubber cycle.
 

The rubber cycle in the country came to an end when, on a mission for the crown, the British Henry Wickham brought rubbery seeds to colonized areas in Asia, where these seeds germinated and grew, taking the place in the market of northern Brazil in the exports of latex.
 

Thus, the Boitatá chair is born of the joke of imagining a revenge of the Brazilian serpent protecting its forests, represented in the piece by the shape of the seat inspired by the traditional British upholstered Chesterfield devoured by the folk creature.

 

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