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From its unorthodox beginnings, Italian manufacturer Arflex grew into one of the leaders of 20th-century furniture design. Its furniture came to be known for its integration of new materials and bold appeal, and today a variety of vintage Arflex chairs, sofas and tables are emblems of mid-century modernism.

Arflex was established in Milan in 1947 by Pirelli employees Carlo Barassi, Pio Reggiani, Renato Teani and Aldo Bai. Barassi, a Milan Polytechnic graduate and visionary engineer at the Italian tire manufacturer, explored innovative technology and new uses for synthetic materials in domestic products (for Kartell, he codeveloped a ski rack for automobiles). The four founders partnered with a young architect named Marco Zanuso, who also desired to create furniture that featured an application of novel materials such as elastic tape and polyurethane foam.

One of Arflex’s inaugural pieces was Zanuso’s Lady armchair, a seat made of polyurethane foam that was manufactured in pieces and assembled at the very end of the production process. It won a gold medal at the 1951 Milan Triennale. A couple of years later, Arflex collaborated with Studio BBPR to create the office-chic Elettra and Neptunia chairs. The flourishing furniture company quickly established a reputation for compelling products and attracting and working with up-and-coming designers such as Roberto Menghi, who created Hall, a luxurious line of seating that would earn the Compasso d’Oro – Honorable Mention in 1959.

In the 1960s, Arflex continued to welcome the use of new and cutting-edge materials. Popular designs from this decade include Carlo Bartoli's fiberglass and polyester resin Gaia lounge chair and Cini Boer’s Bobo Relax lounger, one of history’s first seating pieces made of polyurethane foam (it has no internal frame). Boer, a pioneer of furniture design in Italy, also created the Strips sofa for the brand in 1972. Part of a plush modular seating system, the Strips sofa became an Arflex icon and was awarded the Compasso d'Oro in 1979.

Arflex continues to work with innovative designers to this day. Among their more recent collaborations is with Swedish design studio Claesson Koivisto Rune. The company's legendary creations are also on display at museums worldwide. The Lady chair, for example, is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

On 1stDibs, you can find a collection of vintage Arflex lounge chairs, armchairs, coffee tables and other furniture.

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Midcentury Table Design Sergio Mazza for Arflex 1960, with Adjustable Feet
By Arflex, Sergio Mazza
Located in Roma, RM
Midcentury table design Sergio Mazza for Arflex 1960 – with adjustable feet Product details Made of curved metal with wood top Dimensions: 162w x 72h x 120d cm Materials: wood, m...

1960s Italian Vintage Arflex



Dining Table, Model “Malibu”, Designed by Cini Boeri and Manufactured by Arflex
By Cini Boeri, Arflex
Located in Renens, CH
A beautiful dining table or desk, model “Malibu”, designed by Cini Boeri and manufactured by Arflex in Italy around 1980. This outstanding piece has a black wooden base with stora...

1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex



First Edition Mario Marenco 3-Seater Sofa in Grey Bouclé for Arflex, 1970s
By Mario Marenco, Arflex
Located in amstelveen, NL
Mario Marenco for Arflex, 'Marenco' sofa, velvet, Italy, 1970 This first edition Marenco sofa is designed by Mario Marenco for Arflex. This sofa features a system with making the ...

1970s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex



Coffee Table in Metal and Carrara Marble Mod.Octopus Design M.Colombo for Arflex
By Arflex
Located in None, IT
Coffee table with legs in white lacquered metal and top in white Carrara marble. Octopus model, design Marco Colombo for Arflex, year 2007. CONDITIONS: In excellent condition, like...

Early 2000s Italian Modern Arflex


Carrara Marble, Metal

Marco Zanuso for Arflex Pair of 'Lady' Armchairs
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Marco Zanuso for Arflex, pair of lounge chairs, fabric, metal, Italy, 1950s An icon of 1950s’ Italian Design, the 'Lady' armchair is appreciated for its contemporary construction,...

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex



  • Marco Zanuso for Arflex Pair of 'Lady' Armchairs
  • Marco Zanuso for Arflex Pair of 'Lady' Armchairs
  • Marco Zanuso for Arflex Pair of 'Lady' Armchairs
  • Marco Zanuso for Arflex Pair of 'Lady' Armchairs
H 31.5 in. W 29.14 in. D 30.71 in.
Authentic Marco Zanuso Senior Chair, Arflex, Italy, 1950s
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in Wolfurt, AT
"Senior" armchair - design by Marco Zanuso, 1951. The armchair was sold under the label Arflex Italia. The fabric shows signs of use. Literatur: Repertorio del Design Italiano...

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex



Italian Midcentury Beige Velvet Sofa Triennale by Marco Zanuso for Arflex, 1956
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian midcentury Beige velvet Sofa Triennale by Marco Zanuso for Arflex, 1956 Iconic four seater sofa mod. Triennale with fully padded seat and ba...

1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex



9000 Modular Lounge Chairs or Sofa by Tito Agnoli for Arflex Italy 70s
By Arflex, Tito Agnoli
Located in Escalona, Toledo
Modular armchairs or sofa 9000 by Tito Agnoli for Arflex Italia. This model is characterized by offering infinite possibilities to customize its use according to the space to be des...

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Arflex



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Arflex furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Arflex furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of fabric and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Arflex furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 187 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 109 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Arflex were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Gianfranco Frattini, Paolo Buffa, and Cappellini. Prices for Arflex furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at £315 and can go as high as £36,057, while a piece like these, on average, fetch £5,170.

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