Sergio Rodrigues Eleh bench made by OCA Brazil 1965






Sergio Rodrigues

Brazil, 1927 – 2014
Architect, designer

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Presenting a larger than usual version of the Eleh bench, a distinguished creation by the renowned designer Sergio Rodrigues, manufactured by Oca in Brazil in 1965. This versatile piece was originally commissioned for the esteemed Bloch editors, serving dual purposes as both benches and side tables, embodying Rodrigues’ vision of functional yet elegant design. The Eleh bench is crafted from partially solid rosewood and adorned with a striking veneer that highlights the wood’s natural, mesmerizing grain. This exquisite material choice not only adds to the bench’s visual appeal but also ensures durability and a rich, warm aesthetic that is quintessentially mid-century Brazilian. A hallmark of Rodrigues’ design is the meticulous attention to detail, evident in the detailed metal buttons that seamlessly integrate the legs with the seating part. This signature element adds a refined touch and underscores the designer’s commitment to craftsmanship and innovative design solutions.


Currently in its original condition, the bench bears the marks of its storied past with some surface wear and minor air bubbles under the veneer, common in vintage furniture which is finished with veneer. These characteristics add a layer of authenticity and charm to the piece, making it a true collector’s item. However, for those who prefer a refreshed appearance, restoration services can be arranged to preserve the bench’s integrity while addressing any imperfections.


The Eleh bench by Sergio Rodrigues is more than just furniture; it’s a piece of design history. Its functional versatility, coupled with its beautiful craftsmanship, makes it a perfect addition to any home or collection, offering both practicality and a touch of mid-century modern sophistication.


Literature: Sergio Rodrigues Icatu 2000, page 60.


Rodrigues was a highly influential Brazilian designer during the mid-century era. He had a remarkable talent for using tropical woods in unique and creative ways. Alongside Joaquim Tenreiro and Jorge Zalszupin, Rodrigues played a key role in popularising Brazilian design on a global scale. Rodrigues not only excelled as an architect and designer but also pioneered the integration of Brazilian design into industrial practices, gaining international acclaim. His furniture pieces went beyond their physical form and materials – they embodied the spirit of Brazil, reflecting the essence of Brazilian furniture.

Designer: Sergio Rodrigues
Type: Eleh bench
Manufacturer: OCA
Year: 1965
Country: Brazil
Materials: Rosewood
Condition: Good, original, minor air bulbs
Height: 41 cm
Width: 204 cm
Depth: 89 cm
Item nr: AF22AP14

Holland / Belgium: € 50
Europe: € 150 - 750
Outside Europe: € 1000 - 2000

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