Brazilian designed furniture hits the auction spot
Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 17th March, 2016
A rosewood and leather lounge suite by leading Brazilian designer Lafer MP (the initials meaning Moveis Patenteados, Portuguese for patented furniture) will be the highlight of Abbeys Auctions forthcoming special sale from 10am Saturday March 19 at 480-482A Station Street, Box Hill.
Established in 1927 by Benjamin Lafer to explore the ever growing potential of a furniture retail business in Sao Paulo, today design and product development is in the hands of one of his four sons Paul.
With a motto of innovation, Paul is keen that every design reflects state-of-the-art technologies applied to innovative ideas.
Contemporary designs are intended for the mass market, therefore each one should be different and original, and patented.
Mainly woodwork and upholstery armchairs and sofas were among the first factory releases, but then the company expanded to the construction of steel frames, polyurethane foams and fibreglass, which enabled the production of sculptured products.
Between 1972 and 1990, the company also designed and produced the MP Lafer, an automobile inspired by the lines of the classic 1952 MGTD sports car.
About 4000 were produced in that time and today several MP Lafer auto clubs worldwide keep the car’s image alive.
The auction also contains a dining suite by Danish designer Rosengren Hansen of BM Design, along with fine china, Lladro figures, a Gerry Gee ventriloquist doll, motor scooter, jewellery, watches and tin toys.