Kilin and Diz, two masterpieces
The Mole armchair was so bright that it overshadowed the recognition of other striking creations featuring amazing design solutions. Kilin, from 1973, and Diz, from 2001, are chairs experts considered masterpieces.
Named after Vera Beatriz, who Sergio affectionately called "little squirrel," the Kilin armchair is many people's favorite piece. With a bold design, forms and fittings made of shapely hardwood, leather floating in the air and made in such a manner as to shape and embrace the body, Kilin is one of Sergio's most copied pieces. It was also among the most exported to the Nordic countries in the 1970s. Kilin was born from Sergio's desire to make a less expensive, simpler armchair his friends could buy.
"Oca's models were expensive, not because I wanted them to be, rather because the material was expensive, construction was expensive, they were hand-crafted and the skilled workers that built them were expensive. I was worried about not being able to sell to friends who could not afford it. So I created a company called Meia-Pataca, next to Oca. It sold furniture I had designed, but that were made with simple wood and were semi-serial. It was then possible to lower the price. That is how Kilin was born. Many people used to buy from the main store, Oca, while they would buy for their kids or for the cottage at Meia-Pataca."
But Sergio also wanted a more affordable piece at Oca. He then imagined a wooden structure with two sides and two crossmember, a back and leather seat in one piece and less expensive for Kilin. The structure was made with crossmembers attached to the side with wedges. Sergio had already left Oca when Freddy van Camp, the store's new designer, asked the crossmembers to be attached with Allen screws, which would simplify manufacturing, and they began to be packed in special cardboard boxes and exported.
Diz and Chifruda
Diz, made entirely out of wood, can be extremely comfortable even without any upholstery. It is one of Sergio's most sought after pieces. But in its design, Diz is a little different from what is on the market. Sergio made the seat and backrest shells with 24 solid wood strips each and a trapezoidal section to form the curvature. The parts are glued using a mold and the piece is then machined. Each ruler is in the shape of a small cane with a curve at the tip to form the trim of the ends of the seat and backrest. He conceived the piece this way. Today, the seat and back of Diz are made with molded plywood using a large aluminum press, and it already comes out in that shape from the industrial manufacturing process. The original was more sophisticated.