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10 Easy Pieces: South American-Style Leather Chairs

June 28, 2013 5:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

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Why is it that South Americans are so good with leather lounge chairs? Here are 10 chairs that exude south of the border cool, from the Kilin chair by Sergio Rodgrigues to the Paulistano by Paulo Mendes da Rochas–plus several lower-priced options.

Above: The Round Saddle Leather Chair by Garza Furniture in Marfa, Texas, features a steel base (it can be ordered in a range of powder-coated colors). For ordering information, go to Garza Furniture. The Round Leather Garza Chair is also available directly from Heath Ceramics for $1,350.

Above: Argentinian architect Jorge Ferrari-Hardoy designed the original BFK butterfly chair after working for Le Corbusier. The made-in-Argentina Prima BKF Butterfly Chair with a handmade black wrought iron frame and saddle leather sling (available in six colors) is $560 from Lifestyle by Cara.

Above: The Paulistano Armchair in leather was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Paulo Mendes da Rochas; available in four different colors; $1,550 from Design Within Reach.

Above: Designed in 1973 by Sergio Rodrigues, the Kilin Lounge Chair is perhaps the iconic Brazilian chair. It’s available from Espasso in NYC, LA, and London; contact them directly for pricing.


Above: The oak and leather Campaign Chair from Moore & Giles is $1,200.

Above: The Sling Chair from Silla in Marfa, Texas, features a powder-coated steel frame and a leather seat. Contact Silla directly for pricing and ordering information.

Above: The Toro Lounge Chair from Blu Dot features a solid natural beech wood frame and a leather sling (available in natural or black); $1,099 from Y Living.

Above: Designed by Portland, OR-based Phloem Studio, the Peninsula Chair is available in domestic hardwoods or ebonized ash and leather in earth tones or black; contact Phloem Studio directly for pricing and ordering information.

Acapulco Chair in Leather

Above: The Acapulco Chair in Leather is $499 from Greenpoint Works.

Above: The handmade Olmstead Chair features a geometric wooden base with copper detailing and a leather seat; $4,800from Totokaelo in Seattle.



tobacco leather butterfly chaircb2

Above: The Tobacco Leather Butterfly Chair is $399 at CB2.