Ouro Preto armchair and ottoman, by Michel Arnoult for Mobília Contemporânea, 1958. Roberto Simonsen Award of Industrial Design, 1964.

Like many other European designers, Arnoult arrived from his native France in the 50’s, in the midst of the modernist and developmentalist movement in Brasil. In association with Abel de Barros Lima and Norman WestWater, he creates Mobilia Contemporanea, and specializes in producing modular furniture in series, and at affordable prices. The Ouro Preto armchair has a solid turned Imbuia structure and loose cushion over tense nylon strands, and is completely dismountable, one of the main characteristics of Michel Arnoults work.

Ouro Preto armchair and ottoman, by Michel Arnoult for Mobília Contemporânea, 1958. Roberto Simonsen Award of Industrial Design, 1964.
Ouro Preto armchair and ottoman, by Michel Arnoult for Mobília Contemporânea, 1958. Roberto Simonsen Award of Industrial Design, 1964.
Ouro Preto armchair and ottoman, by Michel Arnoult for Mobília Contemporânea, 1958. Roberto Simonsen Award of Industrial Design, 1964.
Ouro Preto armchair and ottoman, by Michel Arnoult for Mobília Contemporânea, 1958. Roberto Simonsen Award of Industrial Design, 1964.
Ouro Preto armchair and ottoman, by Michel Arnoult for Mobília Contemporânea, 1958. Roberto Simonsen Award of Industrial Design, 1964.
Ouro Preto armchair and ottoman, by Michel Arnoult for Mobília Contemporânea, 1958. Roberto Simonsen Award of Industrial Design, 1964.