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Arflex

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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.

Average Sold Price
$7,894
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Pair of 'Elettra' Lounge Chairs by BBPR, Arflex, Italy 1953, Compasso D'Oro 1954
By Studio BBPR, Arflex
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Stunning and rare pair of original period 'Elettra' lounge chairs by the famous ground breaking architect studio partnership BBPR (Gianluigi Banfi (1910-1945), Lodovico Barbiano di B...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex

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Steel

12 Brass Leg Dining Chairs by Louis Sognot for Arflex, Italy 1959, Published
By Arflex, Louis Sognot
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Fabulous set of twelve dining chairs designed by famed French artist, decorator and designer Louis Sognot (1892-1970) in 1959 for Arflex, Italy. The seating on this set of twelve c...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex

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Brass, Steel

Original Mario Marenco Sofa for Arflex, 1970s, Italy
By Mario Marenco, Arflex
Located in London Road, Baldock, Hertfordshire
An original Mario Marenco easy chair for Arflex dating from the 1970s. Featuring, squidgy, oversized cushions are cleverly secured to appear almost uncontained. The piece has b...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Arflex

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Fabric, Plywood

  • Original Mario Marenco Sofa for Arflex, 1970s, Italy
  • Original Mario Marenco Sofa for Arflex, 1970s, Italy
  • Original Mario Marenco Sofa for Arflex, 1970s, Italy
  • Original Mario Marenco Sofa for Arflex, 1970s, Italy
H 28.35 in. W 72.45 in. D 35.44 in.
Superb 'Grand Prix' lounge chairs & sofa by Sculptor Maurice Calka, Arflex, 1960
By Arflex, Maurice Calka
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Fabulous, super rare, and monumental sculptural form 'Grand Prix' lounge set by prestigious French sculptor Maurice Calka (1921-1999) for Arflex, Italy, 1960. The upholstery on ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex

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Steel, Nickel

Armilla Armchairs and Ottoman for Arflex
By Burkhard Vogtherr, Arflex
Located in Denton, TX
Pair of swivel chairs and ottoman in textured black Italian leather. The ottoman dimensions: 20 L x 18.5 D x 16 H.
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20th Century Italian Modern Arflex

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Metal

Set of Two Lounge Chairs designed by Marco Zanuso, 1962 Italy, Model "Woodline"
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in Antwerp, BE
MARCO ZANUSO ICONIC set of two armchairs model "WOODLINE" for Arflex Italy, 1962. Wooden structure, covered in camel leather. The chairs are made in a laminated nut wood curved frame...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex

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Metal

Pair of Gustavo Pulitzer 'Albengo' Stitched Leather Chairs, C1950, Italy
By Gustavo Pulitzer Finali, Arflex
Located in London, GB
The 'Albanega' armchairs were designed for the San Marco motor vessel in Italy in 1955 by Gustavo Pulizer. Stitched leather, enamelled steel, upholstery. These have been reupho...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex

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Steel

Franco Albini Armchair
By Arflex, Franco Albini
Located in New York, NY
"Fiorenza" Armchair by Franco Albini for Arflex. Walnut, brass, mohair upholstery. Early variant of this wing chair with x-cross sides, brass caps and straps. One of the earliest va...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex

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Mohair, Walnut

  • Franco Albini Armchair
  • Franco Albini Armchair
  • Franco Albini Armchair
  • Franco Albini Armchair
H 40.5 in. W 28 in. D 36 in.
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Magazzino76
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Galerie Edouard de la Marque
4.0
Artbrokerdesign BV
4.9
Vintage Domus SRL
4.8

Arflex furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Arflex furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are often made of fabric and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Arflex collection of furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 140 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there are also 109 modern editions to choose from. Many original furniture by Arflex were created in Europe during the 20th century in the modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Paolo Buffa, Tecno and Marco Zanuso. Arflex furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items on 1stDibs starts at $805 and tops out at $58,000, while pieces like these can sell for $6,052.

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