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Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

Massimo Vignelli and Lella Vignelli’s legacy can be seen everywhere in the logos of Bloomingdale’s, Ford and American Airlines, among others. In addition to their work in branding, they were prolific creators of modernist home furnishings, products and interiors, and the duo’s collaborations, which span 50 years, have left a profound mark on design and wider visual culture.

After meeting in Italy, Lella (1934–2016) and Massimo (1931–2014) began working together in 1961 and a decade later formed Vignelli Associates in New York. A self-described “information architect,” Massimo was committed to streamlining complex ideas into clear, visually arresting forms. (Witness the graphic identity that he cocreated with Bob Noorda for the New York City Transit Authority as well as his influential 1972 subway map.) The Vignellis’ most recognizable piece, for example, may be the Handkerchief chair, a stackable office chair made of compression-molded plastic that has the look of a cloth floating in air. It was created for Knoll in 1983 after they designed the brand’s logo.

Evidence of the couple’s influence can also be found in their Saratoga line (1964), the first collection of lacquered furniture, which helped herald in the trendy “glossy” look of the decade (and beyond). When the Vignellis created the Poltrona Frau Interview chair in 1988 for an Italian television station, it became widely sought after, “which goes to show you the power of the TV media,” the couple once said. Much like their elemental graphic designs, the Kono (1984) and Pisa tables (1985) — both created for Casigliani — cull the form of the table down to geometric shapes.

Vignelli furniture is often labeled as Massimo Vignelli’s alone, though he fought to have Lella recognized for her work, even throwing away magazines that neglected to give her due credit. As he wrote of their lifelong collaboration in his book Designed By: Lella Vignelli: “It is not holding a pencil with four hands that makes a partnership; it is sharing the creative act and exercising creative criticism which is reflected in the end result.”

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Creator: Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Poltronova 'Saratoga' Living Room Set
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Poltronova
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Poltronova 'Saratoga' living room set three-seat sofa, two-seat sofa, coffee table, cabinet and lounge chair, polyester lacquer and red leather, Italy,...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Leather, Polyester

Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Poltronova 'Saratoga' Living Room Set
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Poltronova
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Poltronova 'Saratoga' living room set, four-seat sofa, three-seat sofa, two two-seat sofas, cabinets, polyester lacquer and red leather, Italy, 1964. ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Leather, Polyester

Massimo & Lella Vignelli Black Saratoga Living Room Set by Poltronova 1960s
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Poltronova
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Saratoga living room set composed by a three-seater sofa, two-seater sofa, two armchairs and a low table with a structure in black lacquered wood, padded leather cushions and metal d...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Metal

Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Poltronova 'Saratoga' Sofa
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Poltronova
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Poltronova, 'Saratoga' three-seat sofa, polyester lacquer and red leather, Italy, 1964. Lovely sofa named 'Saratoga' is by Italian designer couple Lel...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Leather, Polyester

1 of 8 Intervista Club Chairs by Poltrona Frau in Pink Leather, Italy 1989
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Poltrona Frau
Located in Beograd, RS
In this listing you will find very rare postmodern club chairs model "Intervista" designed by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Poltrona Frau. These extremally comfortable chairs are do...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Leather

1 of 5 Intervista Club Chairs by Poltrona Frau in Chartreuse Leather, Italy 1989
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Poltrona Frau
Located in Beograd, RS
In this listing you will find 5 very rare postmodern club chairs model "Intervista" designed by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Poltrona Frau. These extremally comfortable chairs are ...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Leather

Armchair Interview by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Poltrona Frau, Italy 1989
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Poltrona Frau
Located in Modena, IT
By Poltrona Frau the "Intervista" model designed by Massimo and Lella Vignelli in 1989 , which originated as a television studio armchair. Proposed here in a beautiful brick orange c...
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Leather

divano vintage anni 60 Saratoga design Lella & Massimo Vignanelli Poltronova
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Poltronova
Located in None, IT
Divano a due posti con struttura in legno nero lucido e seduta in pelle arancione. Modello Saratoga, design Lella & massimo Vignanelli per Poltronova, anni 60. CONDIZIONI: In buone ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Leather, Wood

Orange “Saratoga” 3 seater sofa by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Poltronova 60s
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Poltronova
Located in Padova, IT
Thanks to a scholarship obtained in 1958, Lella studied Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology school of architecture and worked as a junior designer in the presti...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Leather, Wood

Cherry Saratoga 3 seater sofa by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Poltronova 60s
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Poltronova
Located in Padova, IT
Thanks to a scholarship obtained in 1958, Lella studied Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology school of architecture and worked as a junior designer in the presti...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Leather, Wood

1992 Knoll H&kerchief Stacking Chairs by Massimo & Lella Vignelli 10x Available
By Knoll, Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is a single (multiple available, but sold separately) Knoll Handkerchief stacking chair, designed by Lella and Massimo Vignelli. The duo were some of the most influen...
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1990s American Modern Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Metal, Steel

Black “Saratoga” sofa by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Poltronova 60s, 70s
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Poltronova
Located in Padova, IT
Thanks to a scholarship obtained in 1958, Lella studied Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology school of architecture and worked as a junior designer in the presti...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Leather, Wood

White Saratoga sofa by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Poltronova 60s, 70s
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Poltronova
Located in Padova, IT
Thanks to a scholarship obtained in 1958, Lella studied Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology school of architecture and worked as a junior designer in the presti...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Leather, Wood, Lacquer

Massimo Vignelli for Knoll Intl 'Handkerchief' Stacking Chairs, Signed, 20 Avail
By Knoll, Massimo Vignelli, Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This classic Post-Modern design by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Knoll International is called the 'Handkerchief' stacking chair, labelled underneath with early production (original...
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1990s American Post-Modern Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Steel

Divano Saratoga di Poltronova anni 70 struttura laccata e cuscini in pelle
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Milano, MI
Saratoga è il divano disegnato nel 1964 da Lella & Massimo Vignelli per Poltronova con struttura in legno laccato al poliestere lucido nero e cuscini sfoderabili di piuma rivestiti in pelle cognac. La struttura rigida, realizzata mediante assemblaggio di quattro elementi di uguale spessore, con angoli smussati, accoglie cuscini di seduta leggermente sporgenti. Sono sedute da porre al centro dello spazio in quano dotate di una rifinitura molto elegante anche sul retro. L’essenzialità della forma, abbinata alla precisione del disegno e alla raffinatezza di finiture e dettagli, rende il design di Lella e...
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Faux Leather, Wood, Lacquer

Pair of Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Poltronova Saratoga Lounge Chairs
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Poltronova
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Mid-century modern pair of "Saratoga" lacquered cube lounge chairs designed by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Poltronova circa 1960's. The lounge club chairs feature a thick lacquere...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Fabric, Wood

Italian Modern Saratoga Living Room Set, M. and L. Vignelli for Poltronova 1980s
By Poltronova, Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian post modern black lacquered wood and brown leather Saratoga living room set by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Poltronova, 1980s Living room in black lacquered wood and brown leather cushions, Saratoga model, composed of a three-seater sofa, a two-seater sofa, an armchair, a luminous container bar table, a coffee table at armrest height and a half-height coffee table central. Project by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Poltronova, around 1980. Good condition, cushions in vintage condition but with good padding. A small white scratch is present on the three-seater sofa, another small on the bar table. Three-seater sofa measures in cm 210 x 90 x 61 H and seat height 40 cm Two seater sofa measures in cm 149 x 90 x 61 H Armchair measures in cm 90 x 89 x 61 H Measures high coffee table 90...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Leather, Wood

Lella and Massimo Vignelli Handkerchief Chairs for Knoll, Set of Four
By Knoll, Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Miami, FL
Black high-gloss lacquered Handkerchief chairs on black lacquered frames by Lella and Massimo Vignelli for Knoll. In 1968 Vignelli was contracted by Knoll to re-envision the corpo...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Steel

Massimo and Lella Vignelli "Saratoga" black Living Room Set Poltronova, 1960s
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Poltronova
Located in Padova, IT
Exceptional Saratoga set designed by Massimo and Lella Vignella, produced by Poltronova, Italy 1960s. A beautiful living room set composed of a sofa (two-seater), a coffee table, an illuminated cabinet...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Leather, Wood

Massimo and Lella Vignelli "Saratoga" Living Room Set Poltronova, 1960s
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Poltronova
Located in Padova, IT
Exceptional Saratoga set designed by Massimo and Lella Vignella, produced by Poltronova, Italy 1960s. A beautiful living room set composed of two sofas (three-seater/four-seater), a ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Leather, Wood

Massimo and Lella Vignelli "Saratoga" Living Room Set Poltronova, 1960s
By Poltronova, Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Padova, IT
Exceptional Saratoga set designed by Massimo and Lella Vignella, produced by Poltronova, Italy 1960s. A beautiful living room set composed of two sofas (three-seater/two-seater) and...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Leather, Wood

Massimo & Lella Vignelli "Incontro 5080" Armchair, Black Leather/ Walnut, 1991
By Bernini, Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in New York, NY
A Black Leather armchair with a Walnut outer wood finish. Designed by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Bernini. A set of 4 rolling wheels on the bottom.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Leather, Walnut

Massimo & Lella Vignelli "Incontro 5050" Armchair, Black, Leather, Italy 1991
By Bernini, Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in New York, NY
A Black Leather armchair Designed by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Bernini. Both seat and backrest are covered in Black Leather.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Leather

Massimo Vignelli for Knoll Intl 'Handkerchief' Chairs, Signed, Set of Twelve
By Knoll, Massimo Vignelli, Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This classic Post-Modern design by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Knoll International is called the 'Handkerchief' stacking chair, labelled underneath with early production (original...
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1990s American Post-Modern Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Steel

Vignelli Saratoga Large Black Sofa with Black Leather
By Poltronova, Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Poltronova, 'Saratoga' three-seat sofa, polyester lacquer and black leather, Italy, 1964 This three-seat sofa named 'Saratoga' is designed by Italian ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Leather, Polyester

Set of Five Massimo and Lella Vignelli Lacquered Acorn Armchairs
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Attractive set of five black lacquer ebonized acorn armchairs or dining chairs designed by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Sunar. Mid-century modern chairs made in Italy featuring a birch frame having round arms, supports, and legs. The generous seat is fitted with a woven rush bottom in a natural organic finish that boldly stands out against the black ebonized frame. The arms measure 27 inches high and conjoin to a gracefully contoured back rest. Known as acorn chairs...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Rush, Birch

Saratoga Sofa by Vignelli for Poltronova, Italy, 1964
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Poltronova
Located in Antwerp, BE
'Saratoga' three-seat sofa by Italian designers Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Poltronova in luxurious elephant grey leather. Crafted in Italy in 1964, this sofa epitomizes the Vigne...
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1960s Italian Minimalist Vintage Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Leather, Wood, Lacquer

Italian Two-Seat Saratoga Sofa, by Vignelli Associates for Poltronova, 1964
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Poltronova
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian two-seat Saratoga sofa, by Vignelli associates for Poltronova, 1964 Two-seat sofa with rigid structure, made by assembling four elements of equ...
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1960s Italian Modern Vintage Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Leather, Polyester, Wood

Club Lounge Chair by Massimo and Lella Vignelli
By Sunar, Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Pasadena, TX
High back club lounge chairs Designed by Massimo & Lella Vignelli for Sunar 2 in black 1 in blue Plastic gliders This ad is for (1) chair   
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1980s Canadian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Fabric

Modern Handkerchief Chair
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Minneapolis, MN
A durable, wide chair with an undulating seat and back.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Scandinavian Modern Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Steel

Vintage Sofa Saratoga by Massimo and Lella Vignelli, 1970
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Roma, IT
Vintage Sofa "Saratoga" by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Poltronova, 1970. Lacquered wood and orange leather. Good condition except for some scratches on arms, particularly l...
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1970s Italian Vintage Massimo and Lella Vignelli Seating

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Leather, Wood

Massimo And Lella Vignelli seating for sale on 1stDibs.

Massimo and Lella Vignelli seating are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Massimo and Lella Vignelli seating, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original seating by Massimo and Lella Vignelli were created in the mid-century modern style in italy during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider seating by Casa e Giardino, Gianni Moscatelli, and Pozzi. Prices for Massimo and Lella Vignelli seating can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $360 and can go as high as $19,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $5,688.

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