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Arflex Sofas

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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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Creator: Arflex
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 Sofas

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Steel, Nickel

Italian Mid-Century Modern Strips Sofa and Armchair Cini Boeri for Arflex, 1970s
By Arflex, Cini Boeri
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern strips sofa and armchair by Cini Boeri for Arflex, 1970s Strips model two-seater sofa and armchair, with fully removable checkered cover, with black hinge...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex Sofas

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1980, Fabrizio Ballardini for Arflex, 2 Couches Ribalta in Original Soft Fabric
By Arflex, Fabricio Ballardini
Located in IJMuiden, NL
Please ask Casey Godrie Ibiza/Amsterdam for our competitive shipping quote. Ribalta sofa in blue and green. The Ribalta sofa is very versatile. All four corners can be put in severa...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Arflex Sofas

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Metal

Arflex Sofa Ribalta by Ballardini and Fulvio Forbicini Day Bed, Italy, 1980
By Arflex
Located in Vienna, AT
Arflex sofa or daybed by Fabricio Ballardini and Fulvio Forbicini for Arflex, Italy, 1980 Fun two-seat sofa in very well preserved original condition with original Arflex tag. Fre...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Arflex Sofas

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Aluminum, Steel

Marco Zanuso Italian Midcentury Sofa from the 1950s
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in bari, IT
Sofa bed speed O Matic model by Marco Zanuso for Arflex, Italy. Metal tubular structure, Pirelli rubber bands, foam rubber padding. Brass supports. Produced by Arflex, Italy, 1954.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex Sofas

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Metal, Brass

Arflex Faubourg Two-Seater Sofa in Fabric with Metal Structure by Carlo Colombo
By Arflex, Carlo Colombo
Located in Brooklyn, NY
An easy & chic piece, deep and with soft cushions, in which you can almost plunge into, suitable for any type of living. Additional information: Materials: Upholstered seat with ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Arflex Sofas

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Italian Mid-Century Black Leather 4seat Sofa Quadrato by Zanuso for Arflex, 1960
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century black leather 4 seater Sofa Quadrato by Zanuso for Arflex, 1960s 4 Seater sofa mod. Quadrato (Square) in black leather. The seat is made up of 4 padded and leath...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex Sofas

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Leather, Wood

Strips Sofa Bed by Cini Boeri for Arflex, 1970s
By Arflex, Cini Boeri
Located in amstelveen, NL
Strips sofa bed designed by Cini Boeri for Arflex in the late 60s. Can be used as a sofa and can be converted into a single bed. Removable fabric cover. Reupholstered in a fabric mad...
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1970s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex Sofas

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Fabric

Mario Marenco for Arflex Four-Seater Sofa in Blue Woolen Upholstery
By Arflex, Mario Marenco
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Mario Marenco for Arflex, modular four-seater sofa model 'Marechiaro', wool, plastic, metal, Italy, circa 1976. This well-designed sofa by Mario Marenco for Arflex is fully executed...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex Sofas

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Metal

Tito Agnoli for Arflex Pair of Two Seater Sofas in Cognac Leather
By Tito Agnoli, Arflex
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Tito Agnoli for Arflex, pair of two seater sofas model '9000', patinated leather, wood, Italy, 1969 This design is characterized by a cubic outer frame that provides a visually in...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex Sofas

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Leather, Wood

Divano Triennale 3 Seater Sofa Design by Marco Zanuso for Arflex 50s, 60s
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in Padova, IT
Triennale Three seat sofa designed by Marco Zanuso and produced by Arflex in 1951. Original fabric and upholstery. Architect, designer and university lecturer, Marco Zanuso (1916...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex Sofas

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Cini Boeri for Arflex Modular 'Strips' Three Elements Sofa with Ottoman
By Cini Boeri, Arflex
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Cini Boeri for Arflex, modular 'strips' sofa with ottoman, chrome, fabric upholstery, Italy, 1970s Stunning 'Strips' sofa designed by Italian designer Cini Boeri for Arflex. The s...
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1970s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Arflex Sofas

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Chrome

Italian Midcentury Triennale Sofa by Marco Zanuso for Arflex, 1956
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian midcentury Triennale sofa by Marco Zanuso for Arflex, 1956 Triennale sofa with legs and iron structure with original striped fabric. Produced by Arflex based on a design by...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex Sofas

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Iron

Mid-Century Modern Marco Zanuso "Triennale Corner" Green Velvet, Italy, 1951
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in Madrid, ES
"Triennale corner" curved sofa designed by Marco Zanuso and edited by Arflex in 1951. Made of solid wood structure and polish brass legs. Upholstered in dark green cotton velvet,.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex Sofas

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Brass

Arflex Tokio Soft Small Sofa in Leather and Metal Feet by Claesson Koivisto Rune
By Claesson Koivisto Rune, Arflex
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Generous proportions and a friendly, soft but still very architectural geometry: this is what defines Tokio Soft. Additional information: Materials: Upholstered seat and backrest...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Arflex Sofas

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Metal

Strips Sofa Bed by Cini Boeri for Arflex, 1970s
By Arflex, Cini Boeri
Located in amstelveen, NL
Strips sofa bed designed by Cini Boeri for Arflex in the late 60s. Can be used as a sofa and can be converted into a single bed. Removable fabric cover. Reupholstered in a fabric mad...
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1970s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex Sofas

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Arflex Marenco Sofa in Fabric Heidi and Candy by Mario Marenco
By Arflex, Mario Marenco
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Marenco Sofa is designed by Mario Marenco for Arflex. This sofa features the system with making the armrest and seat as the base portion. There is a metal tubular frame facilitated f...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Arflex Sofas

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Metal

Mid Century Triennale Sofa by Marco Zanuso for Arflex, Italy, 1950s
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
A very beautiful sofa model "Triennale", designed by Marco Zanuso and edited by Arflex, Italy 1950's. Made of a solid structure and polished legs. This stunning piece is just re...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex Sofas

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Metal

Italian Mid-Century Pink and Grey Fabric Sofa Giubba by Cuneo for Arflex, 1980s
By Arflex, Marcello Cuneo
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian mid-century pink and grey fabric sofa Giubba by Cuneo for Arflex, 1980s Two seater sofa mod. Giubba fully padded and covered in fabric. The seat is made up of two pink cushi...
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex Sofas

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Arflex Bonsai Sofa in Lama Grey Fabric by Claesson Koivisto Rune
By Claesson Koivisto Rune, Arflex
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Bonsai seating collection is inspired by reflections upon Japanese aesthetics and culture. The seats are characterised by soft, curved forms. These inviting, friendly shapes are ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Arflex Sofas

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Rare Two-Seat Marco Zanuso Lady Sofa, Arflex, Italy, 1950s/60s for reupholstery
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in London, GB
Rare authentic two-seat Marco Zanuso lady sofa, Arflex, France/Italy, 1950s/60s. Sold for reupholstery. Fast shipping worldwide.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Arflex Sofas

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Brass

9000 Modular Lounge Chairs or Sofa by Tito Agnoli for Arflex Italy 70s
By Tito Agnoli, Arflex
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...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Arflex Sofas

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Cini Boeri for Arflex Modular 'Strips' Pair of Two-Seater Elements
By Arflex, Cini Boeri
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Cini Boeri for Arflex, modular 'strips' sofa, chrome, fabric upholstery, Italy, 1970s Stunning 'Strips' sofa designed by Italian designer Cini Boeri for Arflex. The sofa consists ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex Sofas

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Mid Century Curved Triennale Sofa by Marco Zanuso for Arflex, Italy, 1950s
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
A very beautiful sofa model "Triennale", designed by Marco Zanuso and edited by Arflex, Italy 1950's. Very nice round shaped seating and back. Made of a solid structure and polishe...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex Sofas

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Metal

Marco Zanuso Mid-Century Modern "Triennale Corner" Green Velvet Italian Sofa
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in Madrid, ES
A beautiful shaped sofa model "Triennale corner" designed by Marco Zanuso and edited by Arflex. Made of solid wood structure and polish brass legs. Newly upholstered in dark green c...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex Sofas

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Brass

Arflex Cousy Three-Seater Sofa in Brown Leather by Vincent Van Duysen
By Arflex, Vincent Van Duysen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A sofa with a minimalist and rigorous structure, for a comfortable and, at the same time, decorative effect. Additional information: Materials: Upholstered seat with Beech Wood F...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Arflex Sofas

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Leather

Mario Marenco "Marius & Marius" Sofa for Arflex, 1971
By Arflex, Mario Marenco
Located in Lonigo, IT
Mario Marenco "Marius & Marius" two-seater sofa for Arflex, faux-fur, Italy, 1971. Essential and classy, this "Marius & Marius" two-seater sofa is a nice example of Marenco's world....
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex Sofas

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Faux Fur, Plastic, Wood

Cini Boeri for Arflex Modular 'Strips' Sofa
By Arflex, Cini Boeri
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Cini Boeri for Arflex, modular 'strips' sofa, upholstery, Italy, 1970s Stunning 'Strips' sofa designed by Cini Boeri for Arflex. This set consists out of seven elements, of which si...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex Sofas

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Chrome

Arflex Tokio Soft Medium Sofa in Leather & Metal Feet by Claesson Koivisto Rune
By Claesson Koivisto Rune, Arflex
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Generous proportions and a friendly, soft but still very architectural geometry: this is what defines Tokio Soft. Additional information: Materials: Upholstered seat and backrest...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Arflex Sofas

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Metal

Two-Seat Triennale Sofa, Marco Zanuso, Arflex, Italy, 1950s
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in Wolfurt, AT
This two-seater "Triennale" sofa was designed by Marco Zanuso in the 1950s and manufactured by Arflex in Italy. The upholstery is covered in pink velvet fabric, which shows slight si...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex Sofas

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Brass

Italian Midcentury Modular Sofa Novemila by Tito Agnoli for Arflex, 1969
By Arflex, Tito Agnoli
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian midcentury modular sofa Novemila by Tito Agnoli for Arflex, 1969 Modular sofa Novemila composed of 5 modules, of which a corner module, modular in different ways. Original b...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex Sofas

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Velvet

Marco Zanuso Sleep-O-Matic Blue Velvet Sofa
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in Madrid, ES
Three-seat sofa bed, model Sleep-O-Matic, designed by Marco Zanuso for Arflex. Upholstered in blue velvet, foam padding, metal structure. Manufactured in Italy in the 1950s-1960s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Arflex Sofas

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Metal

Senior Sofa by Marco Zanuso for Arflex
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in Paris, FR
Senior sofa by Marco Zanuso for Arflex.
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1950s Italian Vintage Arflex Sofas

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Brass, Iron

Arflex Pecorelle Sofa in Denver Fabric with Black Metal Legs by Cini Boeri
By Cini Boeri, Arflex
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The architect Cini Boeri tells that she was inspired by Christo Vladimirov Javasev's and Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon's works, masters in the art of landscape painting. Nature pr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Arflex Sofas

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Metal

Original Marco Zanuso Lady Sofa, Arflex, Italy, 1960s
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in London, GB
A very rare authentic early Marco Zanuso Lady sofa, Arflex, France/Italy, 1960s. Newly reupholstered in premium ivory Larsen / Cowtan and Tout fabric. We continue to offer fast, tr...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Arflex Sofas

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Brass

Arflex Tokio Soft Large Sofa in Leather and Metal Feet by Claesson Koivisto Rune
By Arflex, Claesson Koivisto Rune
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Generous proportions and a friendly, soft but still very architectural geometry: this is what defines Tokio Soft. Additional information: Materials: Upholstered seat and backrest...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Arflex Sofas

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Metal

Arflex Bonsai Sofa with Skirt in Etoile Ivory Fabric by Claesson Koivisto Rune
By Arflex, Claesson Koivisto Rune
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The Bonsai seating collection is inspired by reflections upon Japanese aesthetics and culture.The seats are characterised by soft, curved forms. These inviting, friendly shapes are r...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Arflex Sofas

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Fabric

Vintage Brown Fabric Modular Sofa by Tito Agnoli for Arflex
By Tito Agnoli, Arflex
Located in Milano, IT
The brown fabric modular sofa was designed by Tito Agnoli for the fine Italian manufacturer Arflex in the 1960s. The sofa is modular, i.e. it can be disassembled as you wish with re...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex Sofas

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Fabric, Plastic

Velvet Deep Blue Three-Seat Sofa Model “Triennale”, Marco Zanuso, Arflex, 1956
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in Wolfurt, AT
This three-seater "Triennale" sofa was designed by Marco Zanuso in the 1950s and manufactured by Arflex in Italy. The deep blue velvet cover of the upholstery contrasts beautifully w...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex Sofas

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Brass

Marco Zanuso Three-Seat Triennale Sofa for Arflex, Italy, 1950s
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in Ghent, BE
This three-seat Triennale sofa was designed by Marco Zanuso in the 1950s and produced by Arflex. It was shown in 1951 at the Triennale di Milano, the most important international des...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex Sofas

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Metal, Brass

Italian Midcentury 'Sleep-o-Matic" Leather Sofa / Couch, Marco Zanuso & Arflex
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in New York, NY
Italian midcentury 'Sleep-o-Matic" model sofa / couch by Marco Zanuso for Arflex, 1951. Metal structure, solid brass legs, foam rubber back and upholstered in stitched leather. T...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Arflex Sofas

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Brass

Arflex Cradle Two-Seater Sofa with Cushion Kit and Black Legs by Neri & Hu
By Arflex, Neri & Hu
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Cradle's characteristic is based on the structure: a classical triangular construction, that is repeated several times around the models. Additional information: Materials: Uphol...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Arflex Sofas

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Arflex Cradle Two-Seater Sofa in Cherie Fabric with Black Legs by Neri & Hu
By Arflex, Neri & Hu
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Cradle's characteristic is based on the structure: a classical triangular construction, that is repeated several times around the models. Additional information: Materials: Uphol...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Arflex Sofas

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Arflex Cloud Small Sofa in Black Straps by Carlo Colombo
By Arflex, Carlo Colombo
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Cloud collection, developed to find a lifestyle more in line with nature and the visual cheerfulness, with soft and comfortable shapes. Materials: Upholstered Fabric (Black Strap)...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Arflex Sofas

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Arflex Hall Sofa in Barre Fabric and Wood Legs by Roberto Menghi
By Arflex, Roberto Menghi
Located in Brooklyn, NY
We are at the end of the ‘50s: an interesting series of armchairs and sofas, designed by Roberto Menghi and called Hall, joins arflex collection. Hall armchair receives in 1959 the h...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Arflex Sofas

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Wood

Senior Couch by Marco Zanuso, 1955
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This sofa has been reworked and is in perfect condition. This classic design by the master designer Zanuso speaks for itself. Crafted in the 1950s by Arflex. Sofa is located in our ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Arflex Sofas

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Brass

Sofa Two-Seat, Model 'Delfino' by Erberto Carboni, Arflex, 1954
By Arflex, Erberto Carboni
Located in Berlin, DE
Sofa two-seat, model 'Delfino' by Erberto Carboni, Arflex, 1954. Complete new upholstery true to the 1954's orginal. High quality woolen Danish fabric.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex Sofas

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Steel

Tito Agnoli 'Serie Deca' Sofa for Arflex, 1970s
By Arflex, Tito Agnoli
Located in Milano, IT
1970s sofa consisting of two modular corner seats with foam padding and leather upholstery.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex Sofas

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Leather, Foam

Marco Zanuso Curved 'Lady' Sofa by Arflex, Italy, 1951
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in Pijnacker, Zuid-Holland
Rare and exclusive curved sofa by Marco Zanuso for Arflex, Italy, 1951. The sofa still has its original green rib corduroy velvet fabric and features brass legs. The sofa does not ne...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arflex Sofas

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Velvet

Arflex sofas for sale on 1stDibs

Arflex sofas are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are often made of fabric and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Arflex sofas, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 22 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 13 modern editions to choose from as well. Many original sofas by Arflex were created in Europe during the 20th Century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider sofas by Marco Zanuso, Saporiti Italia and Osvaldo Borsani if you want to have additional options. Arflex sofas can vary in price, size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $3,469 and tops out at $50,000, while pieces like these can sell for $9,007.

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