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    Rare Brazilian lounge chair with ottoman designed by Jean Gillon for Probel, 1960s

    Rare Jean Gillon for Probel lounge chair with ottoman, made of Imbuia wood and Brazilian leather. Jean Gillon (1919-2007), born in Romania and naturalized in Brazilia, was a complex creator: architect, designer, and plastic artist. Though his early work in Brazil focused on architecture, Gillon shifted to furniture design in 1961, when he founded Fábrica de Móveis Cidam, the original name for what would later become Italma WoodArt. In 1964 Gillon’s focus turned global, and he began expanding into the international market, exporting his products to twenty-two different countries. He collaborated with MTM – Indústria de Móveis Village, Italma, and Probel, which produced his designs. Imbuia or Brazilian walnut is an exotic tree that grows naturally in the subtropical montane Araucaria Angustifolia rain forests of southern Brazil and which is used for high-end furniture is very appreciated due to its beauty but also for its high density, being classified as a hardwood. Both, the lounge chair and the ottoman are in good vintage condition, without stains or tears on the leather or wooden frame, only with normal signs of use due to age and with a lovely patina of time. A very comfortable lounge chair that will easily attract the viewer’s attention, being suitable in any interior, be it classic or modern. Labeled Probel, made in Brazil. Measures (HxWxD): Chair: 99x73x90 cm, Ottoman: 37x61x51 cm. The items color may slightly vary due to photographic lighting sources or your monitor settings. If you need additional information, do not hesitate to contact us.