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Marco Zanuso

Italian, 1916-2001

Italian designer Marco Zanuso helped cement his country’s place as a world leader in furniture design that used new materials in revolutionary ways.

Zanuso was part of a generation of furniture designers who encouraged a sharp departure from the traditionalism and classicalism that reigned over the design industry before the war. These designers, who are associated with what we now call mid-century modernism, experimented with new technologies and materials to deliver on the world’s newfound need for streamlined products that represented the future.

After graduating from the Polytechnic University of Milan in 1939 with a degree in architecture, Zanuso served in the Navy during World War II. Soon after the war, he opened his own design firm in Milan in 1945. He later became an editor at well-regarded design magazines Domus and Casabella. He used this editorial platform to both promote new Italian designs as well as his own pieces, some of which he made using unconventional materials like foam and latex. For instance, his famous Lady armchair from 1951 is a composition of foam rubber and Nastro Cord, a recently invented textile band of rubberized fabric that eliminated the need for metal springs. It was one of several pieces he designed for Italian manufacturer Arflex, along with the 1949 Antropus chair and the 1951 Sleep-o-matic sofa.

Zanuso often collaborated with other like-minded creatives. From 1955 until 1957, he was Olivetti’s architect, designing factories across Brazil, and for nearly two decades, he collaborated with German designer Richard Sapper. The pair’s most famous product is the 4999 children’s chair, manufactured in the 1960s by Kartell in Italy. The stackable chair was the first to be manufactured entirely of injection-molded plastic. Zanuso and Sapper also partnered on the 1962 Brionvega Doney 14, the first European-made portable transistor TV; its sleek, compact and curvy form deeply influenced the design of television sets that followed, which were far more sculptural in form than the rigid boxes that characterized early models.

From the 1970s onward, Zanuso taught architecture and industrial design at the Polytechnic University of Milan. He still exercised his creative talents, planning the headquarters for computer companies and renovating Italian theaters.

Each of Zanuso’s elegant works were demonstrative of a forward-looking sensibility. His projects saw an integration of novel industrial materials that not only helped emphasize the beauty of good design but also played a role in rendering these well-made products accessible to everyday consumers.

On 1stDibs, find a collection of vintage Marco Zanuso furniture, including armchairs, sofas, table lamps and other items.

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Lady Armchair
Lady Armchair
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Lady Divano Sofa
Lady Divano Sofa
Zanuso Mohair 'Baby' Lounge Chairs, Early Wood Frames, Brass Legs, Arflex, 1951
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Rare pair of elegant 1951 'Baby' lounge chairs by Marco Zanuso for 'Arflex', Italy . These are early , sought after examples with the artisan handcrafted wood seating frames. Pleas...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Marco Zanuso

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Brass, Steel

Pair of Restored 'SQUARE' Lounge Chairs by Zanuso for Arflex,Italy, 1962, Signed
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Lovely pair of restored 'square' lounge chairs designed by Marco Zanuso for Arflex,Italy in 1962. Both chairs are signed wirh original early fabric 'Arflex' manufacturer's labels. ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Marco Zanuso

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Steel

Marco Zanuso Iconic Edition Black and White Lady Divano by Cassina
By Marco Zanuso, Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Sofa designed by Marco Zanuso in 1951, relaunched in 2016. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. The armchair is now flanked by a two-seat sofa ith the same production features as th...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Marco Zanuso

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Metal

Restored Early Production Wood Frame Zanuso 'Lady' Chairs, 1951, Mohair Fabric
By Marco Zanuso
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Superb pair of fully restored, very early production wood frame 'Lady' lounge chairs designed by Italian architect Marco Zanuso for Arflex, Italy in 1951. The chairs are finished in...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Marco Zanuso

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Brass

Marco Zanuso Lady Armchair by Cassina
By Cassina, Marco Zanuso
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Armchair designed by Marco Zanuso in 1951, relaunched in 2015. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. An icon of 1950s Italian design, the armchair-sofa lady stands out for its extrao...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Marco Zanuso

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Metal

  • Marco Zanuso Lady Armchair by Cassina
  • Marco Zanuso Lady Armchair by Cassina
  • Marco Zanuso Lady Armchair by Cassina
  • Marco Zanuso Lady Armchair by Cassina
H 30.71 in. W 30.32 in. D 33.08 in.
Pair of Marco Zanuso 'Milord ' Loveseats in Mohair Velvet, 1957, Arflex Italy
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Lovely pair of restored 'Milord' loveseats by Marco Zanuso for Arflex,Italy finished in Mohair fabric with mahogany veneer side panels. Both chairs are signed with original early fa...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Marco Zanuso

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Mohair, Foam, Latex, Rubber, Birch, Plywood, Mahogany

MoMA Grillo Folding Orange Telephone Italy Marco Zanuso & Richard Sapper 1966
By Marco Zanuso
Located in National City, CA
MoMA Modern Italian orange Grillo folding telephone launched in 1966 by Marco Zanuso & Richard Sapper. The telephone was manufactured in Italy by Siemens. Vintage Rotary Phone. Revol...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Marco Zanuso

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Plastic

Marco Zanuso, 722 Woodline Armchair, Original Wood and Leather, Cassina Edition
By Marco Zanuso, Cassina
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Marco Zanuso, 722 woodline armchair, original wood and leather, Cassina edition, circa 1970, France. Measures: Height 70 cm, sitting height 40 cm, width 75 cm, depth 85 cm.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Marco Zanuso

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Leather, Wood

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Furniture Marco Zanuso are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Marco Zanuso collection of furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 151 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 12 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Marco Zanuso were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider furniture by Carlo De Carli, Tecno and Paolo Buffa if you are looking for additional options. Prices for Marco Zanuso Furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes.