The story of the BICA Chair goes back to the early 20th century. At only 22, Gonçalo Rodrigues dos Santos was a proud Master Craftsman. Very young, he decided to establish himself in Lisbon, Portugal and open its own workshop. In those early days, Master Gonçalo and his dozen workers crafted and handmade a little bit of everything, depending on the client’s orders. These included clamps for machine belts, heels for women’s shoes or even fruit juicers.
The famous metal chair came after. Because of his brother, Master Gonçalo visited France many times and there was where he got inspired. After the first drawings of the chair, the Master found his first craftsmanship problem: Bending an iron tube. Studying came next, more drawings, experiments - with sand, led or fire. Days, weekends, week in and week out until he finally got it: his own design and invention - his own iron bending machine.