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Minotti Armchairs

Tradition, exquisite craftsmanship and incomparable quality are at the heart of Minotti, a family-owned furniture design company founded in 1948. But so is being a representative of the best of “Made in Italy” on the global level.

Minotti was established as a small-scale artisan workshop by Alberto Minotti in his hometown of Meda, not far from Milan. The company became known for refined upholstered seating, and its profile expanded considerably during the 1950s and 1960s. A collaboration with designer and architect Gigi Radice during the era led to some of the brand’s most classic and coveted mid-century pieces, such as his playful and brightly colored curved sofa and armchairs. Alberto’s sons, Roberto and Renato, had worked with their father intermittently to learn the family business and, with their mother’s encouragement, took the reins when the patriarch passed away in 1991. By the end of the 20th century, Minotti had grown into an internationally renowned company, helmed by the second and third generations of the Minotti family.

Minotti isn’t a name that is splashed across magazine covers, but the brand is revered for its clever seating systems, such as its flexible and understated Hamilton collection of sofas and chaise longues padded with goose down and classic upholstered furniture, as well as its sleek, modern Elliott coffee tables, which integrate premium marble and polished gold. This marriage of elegant contemporary design coupled with respect for tradition reflects Minotti’s design process: Expert artisans use traditional Italian skills and techniques to hand-finish products made by precise and cutting-edge industrial machinery. The manufacturing process for the sophisticated Rivera armchairs and sofas, which include woven polypropylene-fiber backrests and tubular metal frames, for example, begins with computer-controlled machinery that assembles the structures based on designs, but the pieces are joined and finished by hand. It is telling that the company’s motto, known as the Minotti Code, is “Innovation in the spirit of continuity.”

In the late 1990s, Renato and Roberto Minotti initiated a partnership with Milanese architect and designer Rodolfo Dordoni — who created the Elliott tables — and also launched Minotti Studio, the “creative soul of the company” that is central to engineering, design, supply-chain logistics and more. Collaborations over the years have included projects with Nendo, Marcio Kogan and Studio MK27, Christophe Delcourt and more. 

Today, Minotti has a presence in almost 70 countries, and the company’s offerings — which span collections for indoor and outdoor residential and hospitality spaces — include everything from lounge chairs to tables to sideboards, armchairs and more. 

Browse Minotti's versatile range of furnishings on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Minotti
Pair of Gigi Radice for Minotti Leather Wingback Lounge Chairs, Italy, c. 1950s
By Gigi Radice, Minotti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This pair of 1960s Gigi Radice for Minotti leather wingback chairs are currently the gallery owner's favorite pair of armchairs in our collection - a simply stunning and incredibly b...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Minotti Armchairs

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Brass

Lounge Italian Set Sofa and Two Armchairs Design Gigi Radice for Minotti, 1960s
By Gigi Radice, Minotti
Located in taranto, IT
Complete living room with curved sofa and pair of armchairs, design Gigi Radice for Minotti Arredamenti, early 1960s Mustard yellow color the sofa measures 240 cm in length (fr...
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1960s Italian Vintage Minotti Armchairs

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Brass

Midcentury Armchair Gigi Radice Velvet Brown Black Brass Italian Design 1950s
By Minotti, Gigi Radice
Located in Palermo, IT
Wonderful and elegant armchair designed by the designer Gigi Radice produced by the Italian company Minotti in the 1950s. The armchair is upholstered in smooth brown and black velvet...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Minotti Armchairs

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Brass

Minotti Klee Black Leather Armchair by Rodolfo Dordoni
By Minotti, Rodolfo Dordoni
Located in London, GB
Designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti, the klee armchair has a sleek, modern silhouette. The chair has a bold cube-like shape, contrasted by a finer, geometric base constructed ...
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2010s Italian Minotti Armchairs

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Leather

Minotti by Rodolfo Dordoni Dubuffet Navy Blue Armchairs, Set of 2
By Minotti, Rodolfo Dordoni
Located in London, GB
Combining modernist curves with sleek straight lines, this set of two dubuffet armchairs was designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti. Both chairs have been newly reupholstered in...
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1990s Italian Minotti Armchairs

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Fabric

Gigi Radice Mid-Century Modern Italian Sofa for Minotti, 1950s
By Minotti, Gigi Radice
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Sofa designed by Gigi Radice for Minotti. Made with solid wood structure and blue velvet covering and legs in brass and black lacquered metal. It is recommended to replace the lining...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Minotti Armchairs

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Brass

Gigi Radice Mid-Century Modern Two Armchairs and Curved Sofa for Minotti, 1950s
By Minotti, Gigi Radice
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Pair of armchairs and curved sofa designed by Gigi Radice for Minotti. They are made with solid wood structure and blue velvet upholstery with metal and brass legs. The structures ar...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Minotti Armchairs

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Metal, Brass

Pair of Gigi Radice Mid-Century Modern Italian Velvet Armchair for Minotti, 50s
By Minotti, Gigi Radice
Located in Puglia, Puglia
Pair of armchairs designed by Gigi Radice for Minotti. They are made with solid wood structure and blue velvet upholstery with metal and brass legs. The structures are authentic, onl...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Minotti Armchairs

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Metal

Pair of Armchairs Designed by Gigi Radice for Minotti Arredamenti, 1960s
By Minotti, Gigi Radice
Located in taranto, IT
Pair of armchairs from the 1960s, produced by Minotti Arredamenti based on a design by Gigi Radice they measure 93 cm in height, 85 cm in width, 80 cm in depth and 47 cm in height...
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1960s Italian Vintage Minotti Armchairs

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Metal

Italian Lounge Chair, Gigi Radice for Minotti, in Metaphores Bouclette
By Gigi Radice, Minotti
Located in Torino, IT
Gigi Radice for Minotti, Italy 1950s, legs in black lacquered steel, brass feet, reupholstered in Metaphores bouclette.
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1950s Italian Vintage Minotti Armchairs

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Brass, Steel

Minotti by Rodolfo Dordoni Modern Grey Wool Dining Chairs, Set of 2
By Minotti, Rodolfo Dordoni
Located in London, GB
Designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti, these flat-base Flynt dining chairs have a sleek and angular silhouette. Featuring square, glossy pewter metal frames, the Italian carver ...
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1990s Italian Minotti Armchairs

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Pewter

Gigi Radice Midcentury Cotton Fabric and Black Lacquered Italian Armchairs
By Gigi Radice, Minotti
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of armchairs designed by Gigi Radice for Minotti. Made of solid wood structure, reupholstered in cotton pattern fabric model “Short-Cuts” edited by Dedar, and black lacquered me...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Minotti Armchairs

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Brass, Metal

Andersen Lounge Set by Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti
By Minotti, Rodolfo Dordoni
Located in New York, NY
A love chair and ottoman set completely covered in a light blue velour fabric featuring quilted details on the ottoman and seat cushions. Love chair and ottoman sit on metal legs wit...
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2010s Italian Modern Minotti Armchairs

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Metal

Vintage Pair of Minotti 'Suitcase' Club Chairs Suede Leather, Italy 1980s
By Rodolfo Dordoni, Minotti, (after) Jean Michel Frank
Located in Vienna, AT
A vintage set of two 'Suitcase' armchairs designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti. Beautiful soft suede leather, aged over the years for a charming patina.
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Minotti Armchairs

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Suede

Minotti by Rodolfo Dordoni Suitcase Beige Armchair
By Minotti, Rodolfo Dordoni
Located in London, GB
Originally designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti in 1997, the Suitcase armchair has since become a design classic. With a square silhouette, the armchair sits on slimline polish...
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1990s Italian Minotti Armchairs

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Wool

Midcentury Minotti Armchair Brown Color Italian Design 1950 Faux Leather
By Minotti
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Midcentury Minotti armchair brown color Italian design 1950 faux leather.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Minotti Armchairs

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Faux Leather

Klee Black Armchair by Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti
By Rodolfo Dordoni, Minotti
Located in London, GB
Designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti, the Klee armchair has a sleek, modern silhouette. The chair has a bold cube-like shape, contrasted by a finer, geometric base constructed ...
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2010s Italian Minotti Armchairs

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Leather

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Minotti armchairs for sale on 1stDibs

The Minotti armchairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are often made of fabric and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Minotti armchairs there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 11 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 1 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original Minotti armchairs were created in Italy during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider armchairs by Arredamenti ISA, Pace Collection and Poltrona Frau. The prices for Minotti armchairs can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $1,381 on 1stDibs and tops at $10,030, while pieces like these can sell for $3,041.

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