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Catalana 1942

During his time in Chile, German Rodríguez Arias met Pablo Neruda and struck up a long-lasting friendship with him. The poet asked him to design some of the houses he had built while he was in Chile. Among others, Rodríguez Arias designed the house at Chascona and the extension of Isla Negra, two of the poet's homes. This Catalan armchair formed part of the series of furniture placed by the architect and designer in the Isla Negra house. The armchair was made with local wood from Chile and rushes, taking its inspiration from traditional Catalan armchairs.

Mobles 114 has revived the Catalan armchair made of oak with its seat upholstered in traditionally made natural fibre, respecting as scrupulously as possible the original design by German Rodríguez Arias. A chair with a markedly Mediterranean character that is particularly notable for having six legs, a high back and a slant reinforced by the back legs, giving the piece a contemporary, modern feel.

Germán Rodríguez Arias

Germán Rodríguez Arias (Barcelona, 1902 - 1987).

Catalan architect and designer, together with Josep Lluís Sert, Josep Torres Clavé, Sixte Illescas and Ricardo de Churruca, among others, he introduced architectural rationalism to Catalonia and was a founding member of GATCPAC.
The buildings he designed in the city of Barcelona form part of the heritage of universal rationalist architecture.

During his exile in Mexico and subsequently in Chile, he focused his work on designing interiors and furniture; as a result of his very close relationship with the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, Rodríguez Arias was the architect behind the various homes Neruda had built in Chile during his lifetime. Together with Cristián Aguadé and Claudi Tarragó he founded Muebles Sur, which would become one of the country's leading furniture makers.

In 1957 he returned to his homeland and settled on Ibiza, once again getting together with his companions Sert, Prats and Illescas. He worked as a municipal architect on the island, combining this with projects as a private architect and principally designing hotels and homes, including his own house at Portinatx.

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