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Ico 856

Beautiful Ico Parisi '856' Leather Lounge Chairs, Cassina, 1957
By Ico Parisi
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Lovely and important pair of original 1957 Ico Parisi “856” lounge chairs finished in high quality
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Pair of Armchairs Model 856 by Ico Parisi, Italy, 1950s
By Ico Parisi
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern pair of armchairs Model 856 by Ico Parisi, Italy, 1950s. Chrome and original
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Chrome

Rare Italian Design: Ico Parisi 856 Lounge Chairs for Cassina, 1950s
By Ico Parisi, Cassina
Located in Renens, CH
A pair of “856” lounge chairs by Ico Parisi for Cassina, produced during the 1950s in Italy
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Model 856 Rare Pair of Matched Leather Lounge Chairs by Ico Parisi, 1950s
By Ico Parisi, Casina
Located in Skokie, IL
Ico Parisi model 856 rare pair of matched leather lounge chairs for Cassina, Italy, 1950s
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Rare Poltrone in pelle Disegnate da Ico Parisi '856' Per Cassina, 1957
By Ico Parisi, Figli di Amadeo Cassina
Located in Rovereta, SM
Importante coppia di Poltrone originali Ico Parisi “856” del 1957 rifinite in pelle di alta qualità
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Steel

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Pair of Lounge Chair by Ico Parisi Model 856
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Located in Vienna, AT
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Vintage 1950s Italian Lounge Chairs

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Ico Parisi for sale on 1stDibs

Domenico “Ico” Parisi was one half of a prolific postwar design duo he comprised with his wife, Luisa. Their furniture designs are known for running the stylistic gamut, with celebrated mid-century modern pieces ranging from elegantly skeletal — like dramatic ebonized dining chairs — to plush and shapely, like the iconic 1951 Egg chair, in a plethora of materials.

The son of an art teacher father, Ico Parisi was exposed to art at an early age. Born in 1916 in the Sicilian capital of Palermo, he and his family moved to Como in 1925. There, the young Parisi would begin to develop his interest in architecture and design. After earning a degree as a building inspector in 1936 and working as a civil engineer, Parisi took on an apprenticeship in the studio of Giuseppe Terragni, the modernist, fascist Italian architect, pioneer of the Rationalist movement and creator of the iconic Casa del Fascio.

While working for Terragni, Parisi crossed paths with such contemporary design talents as Lucio Fontana, Bruno Munari and Pietro Lingeri, though he briefly moved away from design and architecture to explore photography and film. His artistic work would soon be interrupted, however, by the outbreak of World War II, during which he served at the front before returning to Como in 1943. There, he resumed work as a designer and architect, founding two architecture groups: the Alta Quota and the Gruppo Como.

Through his creative circles, Parisi met Luisa Aiani, a former student of the prolific architect and furniture designer Gio Ponti, who was affiliated with the Alta Quota. They married in 1947 and founded the studio La Ruota — a cross between a design firm and an intellectual salon — in Como shortly thereafter. In 1950, Parisi finally completed his architectural schooling, studying under the nationalist architect Alberto Sartoris at the Athenaeum Architecture School in Lausanne, Switzerland. He and Aiani began several decades of sophisticated output, designing curved sofas upholstered in yellow velvet and armchairs with slender mahogany frames for enduring Italian manufacturers such as Cassina and others.

Much like Charles and Ray Eames in America, the Parisis worked as a team and relied on experimentation in style and material for many of their designs. Ico Parisi died in Como in 1996.

Find a collection of vintage Ico Parisi coffee tables, dining chairs and more on 1stDibs.

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