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Poltronova Safari

Sofa Safari By Archizoom Associati for Poltronova
By Archizoom Associati
Located in Brussels, BE
This very rare Safari sofa, created in 1968 by Archizoom Associati for Poltronova, it's an original
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Canapes

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Fiberglass

'Safari' Mid-Century Italian Sofa by Archizoom Associati for Poltronova
By Archizoom Associati
Located in London, GB
A 'Safari lounge sofa. Italy, c1968. Made by Archizoom Associati for Poltronova. White
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Mid-20th Century Italian Sofas

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Fiberglass

Very Rare Safari Lounge Sofa, Archizoom Associati 1968
By Archizoom Associati
Located in Rovereta, SM
"Safari" lounge sofa, Archizoom Associati (assets from 1966 to 1974). Model created in 1968, first
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Archizoom Associati SAFARI Seating Pod 'Historic' '1967-2022'
By Archizoom Associati
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Safari Imperial sofa, design by Archizoom Associati The famed, ultimate Pop Art sectional pod
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Vintage 1960s Italian Space Age Sectional Sofas

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Archizoom Associati Safari Lounge 2-Piece Sectional Sofa in Fiberglass, Italy
By Archizoom Associati
Located in Miami, FL
Archizoom Associati Safari Lounge 2-Piece Sectional Sofa in Fiberglass, Italy Offered for sale is
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas

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“Squash” Brown Sofa by Paolo Deganello for Driade
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Located in Pasadena, CA
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By Poltronova, Archizoom Associati
Located in Roma, IT
Pair of armchairs "Safari" is a midcentury design furniture manufactured in 1968 by Poltronova
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Safari Lounge Sofa, Archizoom Associati 1968
By Archizoom Associati
Located in Paris, FR
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Safari Lounge Sofa, Archizoom Associati 1968
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Archizoom Associati, Rare Six-Seater Sofa "Safari", circa 1968, Italy
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Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Archizoom Association (1966-1974), six-seater sofa model "Safari", Composed of four modules
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Archizoom Associati, Modular Safari Sofa, for Poltronova, Italy, 1968
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Archizoom Associati, modular safari sofa, for Poltronova, Italy, 1968 This very rare Safari sofa
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Archizoom Associati for sale on 1stDibs

For eight years, Italian architecture and design studio Archizoom Associati challenged modernism and aligned itself with what we now call Radical Design, an avant-garde art movement established largely in Florence that produced exuberant conceptual furnishings and objects that were neither practical nor very commercial. Through iconic works like the Sanremo floor lamp and the Mies lounge chair, Archizoom and other proponents of the movement protested functionalism and explored form, color and material in a way that countered the existing social order.

Founded in 1966 by University of Florence students Andrea Branzi, Gilberto Corretti, Massimo Morozzi and Paolo Deganello, Archizoom questioned mass consumerism and the validity of rapid postwar modernization in their native country. In their architecture initiatives, interiors, installations, furniture and more, Archizoom's members were pioneers of postmodernism — future Memphis Group cofounder Ettore Sottsass was also part of the Radical Design movement — and alongside likeminded collectives such as Superstudio, Ziggurat and UFO, Archizoom drew on Pop art, Minimalism and Arte Povera to expand upon the expressive potential of design. Branzi and his peers were also deeply influenced by the visionary work of London architecture collective Archigram — so much so that the group’s name is inclusive of Zoom, which is the name of a zine published by the British collective.

In Archizoom’s No-Stop City — an unbuilt architecture project — the urban area is stripped bare, a featureless monochromatic expanse that sees built structures meeting nothing more than the basic needs of human existence. The group’s Mies lounge chair — a tribute to early modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe — was developed for Poltronova and hardly resembles a chair at all. It is not until one sits down that the detached bench seat combines with the backrest and becomes a full seat. The human body bonds the pieces together to make a chair that is surprisingly functional — and even compact.

The Radical Design movement is experiencing something of a renaissance, and Archizoom Associati’s works featured prominently in 2020’s “Radical: Italian Design 1965-1985” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The collective’s designs were given a global stage in the classic 1972 exhibition “Italy : The New Domestic Landscape” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, but most of the groups associated with Radical Design dissolved by the mid-1970s. The Mies lounge chair is held in MoMA’s permanent collection. 

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