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Pedro Friedeberg Seating

Mexican, b. 1937
Mexican, b. 1937

The sculptor and painter Pedro Friedeberg works in a richly detailed, surreal and eccentric artistic style that blends influences from neoclassical art, M.C. Escher and native Mesoamerican symbolism. He is best known for his Hand chair — a functional sculpture that is an icon of design-as-art.

Friedeberg was born in Florence to German parents and moved with his mother to Mexico at the outset of World War II. As a university student in Mexico City in the 1950s, he initially studied architecture, but his designs for fantastical buildings ran afoul of his rationalist, Bauhaus-oriented teachers. By chance, his drawings came to the attention of Mathias Goeritz, the German-born avant-garde painter and sculptor. He encouraged Friedeberg and made him a protégé. Friedeberg credits his mentor for instilling in him a fanatical attention to detail in his work. Friedeberg produced his first Hand chair in 1961, and has since created numerous iterations. He has also made several variants using other human limbs in different functional forms such as tables and clocks.

While Friedeberg’s sculptural pieces have a gentle character that is sometimes described as spiritual, his paintings are something entirely different. He employs deep perspective to create hypnotic, painstakingly rendered canvases that suggest rooms and cityscapes. Whatever the medium, Friedeberg’s work is arresting and instantly recognizable. The Hand chair, though familiar, remains a captivating piece — both furniture and artwork — that stands apart in any interior. Examples are often priced between $20,000 and $30,000, depending on formal variations (such as a foot-shaped pedestal), material and condition. Smaller functional items such as tabletop clocks bring about $9,000. His paintings and drawings require space; they are meant to be contemplated. Prices on original examples start at about $30,000; prints generally sell in the region of $900. As you will see on these pages, the art and design of Pedro Friedeberg is singular and memorable.

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Pedro Friedeberg, Hand Foot Stool, MEX
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in New York, NY
Pedro Friedeberg is a Mexican artist and designer known for his surrealist work filled with lines colors and ancient and religious symbols. His best known piece is the “Hand-Chair” a...
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1990s American Pedro Friedeberg Seating

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Mahogany

Pedro Friedeberg Butterfly Chair
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Signed and dated 1967 An early example incorporating hand painting and poetry.
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1960s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Seating

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Wood

Early Hand and Foot Coffee Table or Stool by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Pawtucket, RI
A rare hand and foot table or stool designed and made by Mexican Surrealist artist Pedro Friedeberg in his iconic hand and leg motif. Made of laminated and blocked mahogany, this tab...
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1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Seating

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Walnut

Pair of Hand and Foot Coffee Tables or Stools by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Pawtucket, RI
A rare pair of hand and foot tables or stools designed and made by Mexican Surrealist artist Pedro Friedeberg in his iconic hand and leg motifs. Made of laminated and blocked mahogan...
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1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Seating

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Walnut

Pedro Friedeberg Silver Leaf Hand Chair
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Dallas, TX
The best example of a Pedro Friedeberg hand chair that we have seen. The original silver leaf has a wonderful patina with the red lacquered base coat showing through. Signed to under...
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1960s Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Seating

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Silver Leaf

Pedro Friedeberg Mahogany Wood Hand Chair Surrealist Mid-century Modern
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in National City, CA
We are pleased to offer for your consideration, a hand chair by Pedro Friedeberg in mahogany wood. Signed on the bottom with black ink. Welcome to the art world of surrealism. Livin...
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1980s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Seating

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Mahogany

Pedro Friedeberg Hand Chair
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in New York, NY
Pedro Friedeberg hand chair. Carved mahogany wood, circa 1960.
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1960s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Seating

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Mahogany

Sculptural Butterfly Chair by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Atlanta, GA
An iconic sculptural Butterfly Chair by Mexican surrealist artist and designer Pedro Friedeberg, circa 1970s. Material: painted wood with gilt and polychromes. Label" signed Pedro...
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1970s Mexican Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Seating

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Wood

Signed Pedro Friedeberg Butterfly Chair an Exceptional Example
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Kansas City, MO
Authentic, signed hand-painted and gold leafed Pedro Friedeberg butterfly chair in excellent condition.
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Early 2000s Mexican Post-Modern Pedro Friedeberg Seating

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Gold Leaf

Pedro Friedeberg Silver Hand Chair
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pedro Friedeberg silver leaf hand chair. Signature below.
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1960s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Seating

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Silver Leaf

Pedro Friedeberg Butterfly Chair
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Kansas City, MO
Pedro Friedeberg butterfly chair, 1983, Mexico City. Hand-painted with appropriated ornaments. Signed.
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1980s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Seating

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Wood

Magnificant Gilt Hand Chair by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Atlanta, GA
A iconic hand chair circa 1970s by Pedro Friedeberg, the famous Mexican surrealist, painter, sculptor and designer maestro. The chair is constructed with carved and laminated mahogan...
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1970s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Seating

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Mahogany, Giltwood

One of a Kind Pedro Friedeberg Hands and Ties Chair Gold Leaf
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Kansas City, MO
This is an extremely rare opportunity. One off chair by artist and designer Pedro Friedeberg. This stunning chair is upholstered in Mr. Friedeberg's own personal neck ties. 17 hand-c...
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2010s Mexican Modern Pedro Friedeberg Seating

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Gold Leaf

Rare Editioned Bronze Hand and Feet Chair by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Atlanta, GA
The “Hand Chair” is the most seminal design work by Pedro Friedeberg and one of the icons of 20th century design. With its whimsical conception rooted in the realm of surrealism comb...
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Late 20th Century Mexican Modern Pedro Friedeberg Seating

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Bronze

Surrealism Sculptural Hand Table Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Atlanta, GA
A stunning hand and foot table design and made by Mexican Surrealism artist Pedro Friedeberg in his iconic hand and leg motifs. Made of laminated and blocked mahogany, this table fea...
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1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Seating

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Mahogany

Pedro Friedeberg Mano Mariposa Chair
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An early example of an iconic butterfly form.Beautifully hand painted and signed by the artist. A copy of the original receipt and correspondence.
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1970s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Seating

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Previously Available Items
Pedro Friedeberg Hand Chair
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Iconic hand chair by Pedro Friedeberg. Carved mahogany.
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1970s Unknown Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Seating

  • Pedro Friedeberg Hand Chair
  • Pedro Friedeberg Hand Chair
  • Pedro Friedeberg Hand Chair
  • Pedro Friedeberg Hand Chair
H 34 in. W 19 in. D 18 in.
Hand Chair by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Iconic light walnut hand chair from Mexican designer Pedro Friedeberg. Signed and in very good original condition.    
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Mexican Mid-Century Modern Pedro Friedeberg Seating

  • Hand Chair by Pedro Friedeberg
  • Hand Chair by Pedro Friedeberg
  • Hand Chair by Pedro Friedeberg
  • Hand Chair by Pedro Friedeberg
H 36 in. W 18 in. D 20 in.
Pedro Friedeberg Right & Left Hand Chairs
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of Pedro Friedeberg hand chairs consisting of a left hand and a right hand version. Crafted of mexican mahogany and signed with a branded signature. a pair of these is unusu...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Seating

Pair of Pedro Friedeberg Style Wooden "Hand" Stools, circa 1970, Spain
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Girona, Spain
Pair of Pedro Friedeberg style wooden hand stools. Carved wood. Right hand and left hand,  circa 1970, Spain. Original Vintage condition.
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1970s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Seating

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Wood

Hand Sculpture by Pedro Friedeberg
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Dallas, TX
Early work by Pedro Friedeberg. Carved mahogany
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1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Seating

  • Hand Sculpture by Pedro Friedeberg
  • Hand Sculpture by Pedro Friedeberg
  • Hand Sculpture by Pedro Friedeberg
  • Hand Sculpture by Pedro Friedeberg
H 34 in. W 18 in. D 21 in.
White Pedro Friedeberg Hand Chair
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rare example of an iconic design. Signed on the base.
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1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Seating

  • White Pedro Friedeberg Hand Chair
  • White Pedro Friedeberg Hand Chair
  • White Pedro Friedeberg Hand Chair
  • White Pedro Friedeberg Hand Chair
H 36 in. W 19 in. D 21 in.
Pedro Friedeberg Chair.
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Miami, FL
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Late 20th Century Mexican Pedro Friedeberg Seating

Early Pedro Friedeberg Hand Chair Settee
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Dallas, TX
This Pedro Friedeberg Settee consists of two hand chairs, both a right and a left and was commissioned in the 1960s. In 1961 when Pedro was working with Mathias Goeritz, Mathias had ...
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1960s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Vintage Pedro Friedeberg Seating

  • Early Pedro Friedeberg Hand Chair Settee
  • Early Pedro Friedeberg Hand Chair Settee
  • Early Pedro Friedeberg Hand Chair Settee
  • Early Pedro Friedeberg Hand Chair Settee
H 33.75 in. W 19.5 in. D 18.5 in.
Pedro Friedberg Hand Chair
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare original hand chair by Pedro Friedeberg "Baphomet's Chair", circa 2017. Signed and dated by artist Hand carved walnut wood.  
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2010s Mexican Pedro Friedeberg Seating

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Walnut

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  • Pedro Friedberg Hand Chair
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Pedro Friedeberg Armchair
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  • Pedro Friedeberg Armchair
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  • Pedro Friedeberg Armchair
H 43.00 in. W 32.50 in. D 30.00 in.
Pedro Friedeberg Gilt Hand Chair
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Pair of Pedro Friedeberg Foot Stools
By Pedro Friedeberg
Located in New York, NY
A pair of stools by Pedro Friedeberg in the form of two large right feet. Produced in a burnt orange colored fiberglass. Despite some discoloration to the heel of one stool the pair ...
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20th Century Modern Pedro Friedeberg Seating

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Fiberglass

  • Pair of Pedro Friedeberg Foot Stools
  • Pair of Pedro Friedeberg Foot Stools
  • Pair of Pedro Friedeberg Foot Stools
  • Pair of Pedro Friedeberg Foot Stools
H 20 in. W 16 in. D 25 in.

Pedro Friedeberg Seating for sale on 1stDibs.

Seats by Pedro Friedeberg are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Pedro Friedeberg Seating collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of Pedro Friedeberg's original seats were created in Mid-Century Modern style in North America during the 20th century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider Seating by Senal Seating, Pedro Ramirez Vazquez Seating and Edmond J. Spence Seating. Prices for Pedro Friedeberg Seating can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes. On Amazon, the price for these items starts at $16,000 and tops out at $39,500, while pieces like these can sell for $25,500 on average.