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Purple Alky chair by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli, 1969
By Giancarlo Piretti, Anonima Castelli
Located in Athens, Attiki
Blueberry purple Alky chairs by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli, Italy 1969. The Alky Chair was
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Vintage 1970s Italian Space Age Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Cognac Brown Leather Alky Chairs by Giancarlo Piretti Italy
By Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Almelo, NL
Mid-Century Modern Cognac Brown Leather Alky Chairs by Giancarlo Piretti, Italy, 1970s. Mid
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum, Steel

Exquisite Pair of Artifort Alky Chairs by Giancarlo Piretti
By Artifort, Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Voorburg, NL
These Sculptural Alky chairs are designed by Giancarlo Piretti in the ‘70s for Artifort. Piretti is
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

Alky Chair by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli, 1969, 2 pieces
By Anonima Castelli, Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Budapest, HU
the "Alky" lounge chair for Anonima Castelli, in 1969. The unique design offers a blend of comfort
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Fabric

Alky Chair by Giancarlo Piretti for Anonima Castelli, 1970s
By Giancarlo Piretti, Anonima Castelli
Located in Lasne, BE
Armchair in red fabric. Model: Alky. Seat height: 39 cm. Wear due to time and age.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Italian Modern "Alky" Chair by Giancarlo Piretti for Anonima Castelli, Italy 70s
By Anonima Castelli, Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Lucija, SI
Italian modern red Alky model chairs designed by Giancarlo Piretti for Anonima Castelli, 1970s This
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Iconic Alky Chair by Giancarlo Piretti for Artifort done in off-white boucle
By Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Beograd, RS
In this listing you will find an Iconic Alky Chair in off-white boucle, designed by Giancarlo
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Alky Chairs by Giancarlo Piretti for Artifort in Pierre Frey, 1970s, Set of 2
By Giancarlo Piretti, Artifort
Located in ŁÓDŹ, PL
A pair of beautiful Giancarlo Piretti "Alky" chairs reupholstered in a fluffy blend of wool, mohair
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Wool, Alpaca, Mohair

Alky Chairs by Giancarlo Piretti for Anonima Castelli, 1970s, Set of 2
By Anonima Castelli, Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Lasne, BE
Pair of alky chairs in red fabric designed by Giancarlo Piretti in the 70s. Seat height: 37cm
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

Materials

Metal

Alky Armchair by Giancarlo Piretti
By Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Toronto, ON
The Alky armchair, created by Giancarlo Piretti in the late 1960s, continues to captivate with its
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Vintage 1960s Italian Chairs

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Wool

Alky Armchair by Giancarlo Piretti
Alky Armchair by Giancarlo Piretti
H 28 in W 27 in D 28 in
Alky Armchair by Giancarlo Piretti
By Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Toronto, ON
The Alky armchair, created by Giancarlo Piretti in the late 1960s, continues to captivate with its
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Vintage 1960s Italian Chairs

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Wool, Bouclé

Alky Armchair by Giancarlo Piretti
Alky Armchair by Giancarlo Piretti
H 28 in W 27 in D 28 in
1970s Italian Modern Alky Chairs Alky by Giancarlo Piretti, a Pair
By Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Roanoke, VA
These iconic 'Alky' lounges were designed by Giancarlo Piretti for Anonima Castelli in the late
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Metal

‘Alky’ Lounge Chairs in the Style of Giancarlo Piretti
By Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Lounge chairs, pink fabric, metal, Italy, 1970s These lounge chairs strongly remind of Giancarlo
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

Pair of Alky Armchairs 70's by Designer Giancarlo Piretti
By Giancarlo Piretti
Located in MADRID, ES
These iconic "Alky" lounges were designed by Giancarlo Piretti for Anonima Castelli in the late
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Giancarlo Piretti "Alky" Bouclé Shearling Lounge Chairs, a Pair, 1969
By Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
"Alky" slipper lounge chairs designed by Giancarlo Piretti in 1969 and produced by Castelli. These
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Bouclé

Reupholstered ‘Alky’ Lounge Chair in the Style of Giancarlo Piretti
By Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Lounge chair, fabric, metal, Italy, 1970s This lounge chair strongly reminds of Giancarlo
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Reupholstered ‘Alky’ Lounge Chairs in the Style of Giancarlo Piretti
By Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Lounge chairs, fabric, metal, Italy, 1970s These lounge chairs strongly remind of Giancarlo
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

Reupholstered ‘Alky’ Lounge Chairs in the Style of Giancarlo Piretti
By Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Lounge chairs, fabric, aluminum, Italy, 1970s These lounge chairs strongly remind of Giancarlo
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

Reupholstered ‘Alky’ Lounge Chairs in the Style of Giancarlo Piretti
By Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Waalwijk, NL
strongly remind of Giancarlo Piretti’s ‘Alky’ lounge chair (1969), yet they feature characteristic
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

Reupholstered ‘Alky’ Lounge Chairs in the Style of Giancarlo Piretti
By Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Lounge chairs, fabric, metal, Italy, 1970s These lounge chairs strongly remind of Giancarlo
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

Mid Century Giancarlo Piretti "Alky" Chair Ivory Boucle, 1969, newly upholstered
By Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This pair of mid century "Alky" slipper lounge chairs have been reupholstered in a beautiful Ivory
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Bouclé

Italian Modern Red Chairs Alky by Giancarlo Piretti for Anonima Castelli, 1970s
By Anonima Castelli, Giancarlo Piretti
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian modern Red chairs mod. Alky by Giancarlo Piretti for Anonima Castelli, 1970s Pair of
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

‘Alky’ Lounge Chairs in the Style of Giancarlo Piretti in Blue Upholstery
By Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Lounge chairs, fabric, aluminum, Italy, 1970s These lounge chairs strongly remind of Giancarlo
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Vintage 1970s Italian Post-Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Alky Lounge Chairs in Bouclé by Giancarlo Piretti
By Giancarlo Piretti, Artifort
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Magnificent pair of Mid-Century Modern Alky lounge chairs. Design by Giancarlo Piretti for Artifort
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum, Chrome

Giancarlo Piretti Alky Lounge Chairs Pair in Bouclé Wool, Anonima Castelli
By Giancarlo Piretti, Anonima Castelli
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Iconic pair of Alky lounge chairs designed by Giancarlo Piretti in the sixties for Anonima Castelli
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Vintage Alky Chairs in Off-White Fabric by Giancarlo Piretti for Artifort, 1970s
By Giancarlo Piretti, Artifort
Located in ŁÓDŹ, PL
A pair of beautiful Giancarlo Piretti “Alky” chairs reupholstered in luxurious off-white wool
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Bouclé

Giancarlo Piretti Alky Lounge Chair in White Fabric for Anonima Castelli
By Giancarlo Piretti, Anonima Castelli
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Iconic Alky lounge chairs designed by Giancarlo Piretti in the sixties for Anonima Castelli, Italy
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Alky Chair in Cream Bouclé by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli/Artifort, 1970s
By Castelli, Anonima Castelli, Giancarlo Piretti
Located in amstelveen, NL
Giancarlo Piretti designed the lounge “Alky” chair. Reupholstered in a high-end boucle. Aluminum
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Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Bouclé

Pair of Mid Century Modern Alky Lounge Chairs Giancarlo Piretti for Artifort
By Giancarlo Piretti, Artifort
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fantastic pair of vintage 1969 Alky chairs designed by Giancarlo Piretti for Artifort. In what
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

Giancarlo Piretti Alky Lounge Chair in White Bouclé Fabric for Anonima Castelli
By Giancarlo Piretti, Anonima Castelli
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Iconic Alky lounge chair designed by Giancarlo Piretti in the sixties for Anonima Castelli, Italy
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Giancarlo Piretti Alky Lounge Chair in Stone Grey Bouclé Wool, Anonima Castelli
By Giancarlo Piretti, Anonima Castelli
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Iconic Alky lounge chair designed by Giancarlo Piretti in the sixties for Anonima Castelli, Italy
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Giancarlo Piretti Alky Lounge Chair in Autumn Velvet for Anonima Castelli, Italy
By Giancarlo Piretti, Anonima Castelli
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Iconic Alky lounge chair designed by Giancarlo Piretti in the sixties for Anonima Castelli, Italy
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum, Steel

Giancarlo Piretti Alky Lounge Chair in Sky Blue Velvet for Anonima Castelli
By Giancarlo Piretti, Anonima Castelli
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Iconic Alky lounge chair designed by Giancarlo Piretti in the sixties for Anonima Castelli, Italy
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum, Steel

Alky Chair, Dark Green Bouclé, 1980s
By Giancarlo Piretti, Artifort
Located in Renens, CH
Beautifully restored “Alky” lounge chair produced by Artifort and designed by Giancarlo Piretti
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Vintage 1980s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

Alky Chair, Dark Green Bouclé, 1980s
Alky Chair, Dark Green Bouclé, 1980s
H 28.35 in W 26.38 in D 29.53 in
Giancarlo Piretti, Plia Chairs, 1970s
By Castelli, Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Renens, CH
Plia foldable chairs produced by Castelli and designed by Giancarlo Piretti (also known for the
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal

Giancarlo Piretti, Plia Chairs, 1970s
Giancarlo Piretti, Plia Chairs, 1970s
H 29.93 in W 20.08 in D 18.9 in
Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli, Plia Chairs, Set of Two, 1970s
By Giancarlo Piretti, Castelli
Located in Renens, CH
Plia foldable chairs produced by Castelli and designed by Giancarlo Piretti (also known for the
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Metal

Alky Lounge Chair by Giancarlo Piretti for Artifort, 1980s
By Giancarlo Piretti, Artifort
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Lovely and comfortable Alky chair. Designed by Giancarlo Piretti in 1969, produced by Artifort
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum

Alky Lounge Chair by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli, 1980s
By Castelli, Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Lovely and comfortable Alky chair. Designed by Giancarlo Piretti in 1969, produced by Castelli
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum

Alky Lounge Chair by Giancarlo Piretti for Artifort, 1980s
By Giancarlo Piretti, Artifort
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Lovely and comfortable Alky chair. Designed by Giancarlo Piretti in 1969, produced by Artifort
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum

Pair of Vintage Italian DSC 106 Side Chairs by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli
By Giancarlo Piretti, Castelli
Located in Warszawa, Mazowieckie
106 stacking chair (1965), Plona lounge chair (1969), Alky chair (1970), Plantone folding desk (1970
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Metal

Giancarlo Piretti “Alky” Chairs in New Velvet, Artifort, 1970s
By Giancarlo Piretti, Artifort
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
A pair of Giancarlo Piretti “Alky” chairs newly upholstered in Designers Guild linen-colored cotton
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Steel

Giancarlo Piretti “Alky” Chair in New Velvet, Artifort, 1970s
By Giancarlo Piretti, Artifort
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
A single Giancarlo Piretti “Alky” chair newly upholstered in Designers Guild linen-colored cotton
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Steel

Set of 2 Alky Lounge Chairs by Giancarlo Piretti for Artifort, 1970s
By Artifort, Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Set of 2 lovely and comfortable Alky chairs. Designed by Giancarlo Piretti in 1969, produced by
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Vintage 1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum

Giancarlo Piretti Mid-Century Yellow "Alky" Italian Armchairs, Castelli 1970s
By Giancarlo Piretti, Anonima Castelli
Located in Roma, IT
Fantastic mid-century yellow fabric "Alky" armchairs, designed by Giancarlo Piretti and produced by
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum

Giancarlo Piretti Mid-Century Orange "Alky" Italian Armchairs, Castelli 1970s
By Anonima Castelli, Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Roma, IT
Fantastic mid-century orange fabric "Alky" armchairs, designed by Giancarlo Piretti and produced by
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum

Giancarlo Piretti Mid-Century Green "Alky" Italian Armchairs, Castelli 1970s
By Anonima Castelli, Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Roma, IT
Fantastic mid-century green fabric "Alky" armchairs, designed by Giancarlo Piretti and produced by
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Aluminum

Vintage Lounge Chairs by Giancarlo Piretti for Anonima Castelli, 1970s, Set of 2
By Giancarlo Piretti, Anonima Castelli
Located in Marinha Grande, PT
A wonderfully sitting set of vintage design lounge chairs, also known as "alky", a design Giancarlo
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric

Alky Chair by Giancarlo Piretti
By Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Long Island City, NY
A Pair of Alky chairs by Giancarlo Piretti for Anonima Castelli. Reupholstered in Boucle by Dedar
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Bouclé

Alky Chair by Giancarlo Piretti
Alky Chair by Giancarlo Piretti
H 27.5 in W 26 in D 31 in
Pair of Alky Chairs by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli
By Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Wayne, NJ
Pair of Alky chairs by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Six Alky Chairs by Giancarlo Piretti for Artifort
By Giancarlo Piretti, Artifort
Located in London, GB
Six Alky chairs by Giancarlo Piretti in original red wool fabric. Italy c1970. * These are
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Upholstery

Alky Chair by Giancarlo Piretti for Anonima Castelli, 1970s
By Giancarlo Piretti
Located in amstelveen, NL
Alky chair by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli, 1970s. Reupholstered in a beautiful beige high
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Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Bouclé

Alky Chair by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli, Italy 60s
By Giancarlo Piretti, Anonima Castelli
Located in Landgraaf, NL
Alky chair by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli, Italy 60s. Also made under license by Artifort the
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

Alky Chairs by Giancarlo Piretti for Anonima Castelli, 1970s
By Giancarlo Piretti
Located in amstelveen, NL
Alky chair by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli, 1970s. Reupholstered in a beautiful high-quality
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Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Bouclé

Pair of Alky Chairs by Giancarlo Piretti for Anonima Castelli, 1970
By Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Pair of highly versatile green Alky chairs by Giancarlo Piretti for Anonima Castelli, Italy 1970
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Vintage 1970s Italian Space Age Chairs

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Chrome

Set of three "Alky" Chairs by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli, 1970, Italy
By Castelli, Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Melbourne, VIC
Set of three "Alky" chairs by Giancarlo Piretti in original wool fabric. Aluminium frame and
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

'Alky' Chair by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli 'a Pair', Italy, 1970
By Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Brussels , BE
2 Alky chairs by Giancarlo Piretti, Castelli.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Armchairs

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Fabric

Mid-Century Modern Black Leather Alky Chairs by Giancarlo Piretti, Italy, 1970s
By Castelli, Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid-Century Modern Black Leather Alky Chairs by Giancarlo Piretti, Italy 1970s. This set of 4
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Aluminum

Alky Chairs by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli New Upholstery, Italy, circa 1970
By Castelli, Giancarlo Piretti, Artifort
Located in Pijnacker, Zuid-Holland
Pair of Alky chairs by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli – Italy, circa 1970. The chairs have been
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Alky Chair by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli, 1969
By Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Chicago, IL
The Alky chair was designed by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli in 1969. Sculptural, fantastic modern
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Aluminum

Alky Chair by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli, 1969
By Giancarlo Piretti
Located in Chicago, IL
The Alky chair was designed by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli in 1969. Sculptural, fantastic modern
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Aluminum

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Alky Chair By Giancarlo For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal alky chair by giancarlo for your home. Frequently made of fabric, metal and aluminum, every alky chair by giancarlo was constructed with great care. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer alky chair by giancarlo, there are earlier versions available from the 20th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 20th Century. A alky chair by giancarlo made by Mid-Century Modern designers — as well as those associated with Modern — is very popular.

How Much is a Alky Chair By Giancarlo?

Prices for a alky chair by giancarlo start at $2 and top out at $10,995 with the average selling for $2,500.

Giancarlo Piretti for sale on 1stDibs

Giancarlo Piretti was born in Bologna, Italy, in 1940. He attended art schools there and subsequently taught Interior Design. During that time, he was also designing furniture for Anonima Castelli. He has won numerous awards and has items in many museums, including MoMA, New York. He still lives and works in Bologna with his son, designer Alessandro Piretti.

A Close Look at mid-century-modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

ORIGINS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The mid-century modern era saw leagues of postwar American architects and designers animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist International-style architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the 1930s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

Architect, writer and designer George Nelson created with his team shades for the Bubble lamp using a new translucent polymer skin and, as design director at Herman Miller, recruited the Eameses, Alexander Girard and others for projects at the legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer

Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were repurposed too: The Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs using surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by celebrated manufacturer Knoll, a chief influencer in the rise of modern design in the United States, thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces — as well as pieces designed by Florence initially for commercial clients — soon became desirable for the home.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century furniture designers caught the spirit.

Classically oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb, who designed holistic groups of sleek, blond wood furniture, and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in minimalist teak dining tables and lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

Generations turn over, and mid-century modern remains arguably the most popular style going. As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom and elsewhere on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right seating for You

With entire areas of our homes reserved for “sitting rooms,” the value of quality antique and vintage seating cannot be overstated.

Fortunately, the design of side chairs, armchairs and other lounge furniture — since what were, quite literally, the early perches of our ancestors — has evolved considerably.

Among the earliest standard seating furniture were stools. Egyptian stools, for example, designed for one person with no seat back, were x-shaped and typically folded to be tucked away. These rudimentary chairs informed the design of Greek and Roman stools, all of which were a long way from Sori Yanagi's Butterfly stool or Alvar Aalto's Stool 60. In the 18th century and earlier, seats with backs and armrests were largely reserved for high nobility.

The seating of today is more inclusive but the style and placement of chairs can still make a statement. Antique desk chairs and armchairs designed in the style of Louis XV, which eventually included painted furniture and were often made of rare woods, feature prominently curved legs as well as Chinese themes and varied ornaments. Much like the thrones of fairy tales and the regency, elegant lounges crafted in the Louis XV style convey wealth and prestige. In the kitchen, the dining chair placed at the head of the table is typically reserved for the head of the household or a revered guest.

Of course, with luxurious vintage or antique furnishings, every chair can seem like the best seat in the house. Whether your preference is stretching out on a plush sofa, such as the Serpentine, designed by Vladimir Kagan, or cozying up in a vintage wingback chair, there is likely to be a comfy classic or contemporary gem for you on 1stDibs.

With respect to the latest obsessions in design, cane seating has been cropping up everywhere, from sleek armchairs to lounge chairs, while bouclé fabric, a staple of modern furniture design, can be seen in mid-century modern, Scandinavian modern and Hollywood Regency furniture styles.

Admirers of the sophisticated craftsmanship and dark woods frequently associated with mid-century modern seating can find timeless furnishings in our expansive collection of lounge chairs, dining chairs and other items — whether they’re vintage editions or alluring official reproductions of iconic designs from the likes of Hans Wegner or from Charles and Ray Eames. Shop our inventory of Egg chairs, designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen, the Florence Knoll lounge chair and more.

No matter your style, the collection of unique chairs, sofas and other seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.