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Poltronova is known for embracing the creativity that opposites can introduce to a space. Its radical modernist furniture and lighting fixtures are simultaneously grounded in classic aesthetics and inspired by what were then new and provocative artistic movements in mid-century Italy, when the company was founded. This tension resulted in unique and extraordinary pieces at the manufacturer, from eccentric, glove-shaped armchairs to striking dining tables that feature a mix of materials and textures.

Italian designer Sergio Cammilli founded Poltronova in Tuscany in 1957. That same year, it won the Compasso d’Oro for the Panchetto chair designed by Luciano Nustrini. Revolutionary Italian architect Ettore Sottsass — a maestro of postmodern design who would later establish the Memphis Group — came on board as an art director in 1958. Poltronova manufactured many of his furniture and ceramic designs. Sottsass’s lighting, seating and other works for Poltronova showcase the designer’s bold experimentation with solid wood, glass, metal and laminate materials.

Other established names in Italian furniture design collaborated with Poltronova’s Sottsass and Cammilli, including Giovanni Michelucci, Gae Aulenti and Angelo Mangiarotti. However, the company truly set itself apart in its collaborations with Superstudio and Archizoom Associati, groups that were part of an irreverent, avant-garde movement in art and design that took shape during the 1960s in Florence, Turin and Milan. Collectives associated with the movement — which would one day be called Italian Radical design — drew on Pop art and minimalism and explored working with unconventional materials to create colorful, quirky and uniquely shaped objects and furnishings. At the time, Poltronova also worked with up-and-coming names in the art world, like painter Max Ernst and sculptor Mario Ceroli.

Poltronova showcased its groundbreaking designs in many exhibitions, such as “La Casa Abitata,” which was held in Florence in 1965. At Milan's Eurodomus trade show in 1970, Poltronova debuted an entire bedroom collection designed by Sottsass — including his sensuous Ultrafragola mirror. The brand’s furnishings were included in a 1972 exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art called "Italy: The New Domestic Landscape," and in 1977, Poltronova again won the Compasso d’Oro for a book called Fare Mobili con Poltronova (Making Furniture with Poltronova).

Poltronova's enduring and acclaimed furniture designs came to be loved far outside Italy. During the 1960s, importer Charles Stendig represented the company and helped introduce it to the American market.

In 2005, Poltronova established the Centro Studi Poltronova to recreate some of the company's iconic furniture. The brand has also recently collaborated with English architect Nigel Coates, who worked with a Poltronova master craftsman in Italy to design a series of limited-edition furniture in 2011, including the Domo chair.

On 1stDibs, find vintage Poltronova tables, seating, storage cabinets and more.

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Giovanni Michelucci Serena Chest of Drawers for Poltronova, 1955
By Poltronova, Giovanni Michelucci
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
Gorgeous and rare "Serena "chest of drawers mod. Serena in walnut wood, designed by Giovanni Michelucci for Poltronova, 1955, Italy. Signed piece.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poltronova

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Walnut

Mirror by Albert Leclerc, 1965
By Albert Leclerc, Poltronova
Located in Berlin, DE
Mirror by Albert Leclerc, red-orange lacquered wood Dimensions: H. 61cm, W. 75cm, D. 2.5cm Design: Albert Leclerc Manufacturer: Poltronova, Planula, Italy.
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1960s Italian Modern Vintage Poltronova

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Wood

Mirror by Albert Leclerc, 1965
Mirror by Albert Leclerc, 1965
H 24.02 in W 29.53 in D 1.19 in
Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova 'Cometa' Floor Lamp in Perspex and Aluminum
By Ettore Sottsass, Poltronova
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova, floor lamp, model 'Cometa' no. L026, acrylic, lacquered metal, chrome, Italy, design 1970 Funky and easy to love floor lamp designed by Ettore Sottsa...
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1970s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Poltronova

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Metal, Chrome

Ultrafragola Mirror/Lamp by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova, Italy
By Poltronova, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milan, Italy
This is Ultrafragola a nice mirror designed by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova in the 1970. It is a translucent white plastic frame of undulating outline, concealing pink internal flu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Poltronova

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Glass, Plastic

Gae Aulenti Locus Solus dining set for Poltronova, Italy, 1964
By Gae Aulenti, Poltronova
Located in Chiavari, Liguria
Tubular metal garden set consisting of a table and four armchairs, model Locus Solus, designed by Gae Aulenti, produced by Poltronova in 1964. A painted metal tube unpredictably ben...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poltronova

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Metal

Gae Aulenti Locus Solus daybed for Poltronova, Italy, 1964
By Gae Aulenti, Poltronova
Located in Chiavari, Liguria
Tubular metal daybed, model Locus Solus, designed by Gae Aulenti, produced by Poltronova in 1964. A painted metal tube unpredictably bends and takes the form of a daybed, as if sket...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poltronova

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Metal

Giovanni Michelucci “Torbecchia” Dining Chairs for Poltronova, 1964, Set of 10
By Giovanni Michelucci, Poltronova
Located in Lonigo, Veneto
Giovanni Michelucci “Torbecchia” Dining Chairs for Poltronova, Italy, 1964, set of two. Crafted from dark-stained beechwood with woven straw seats, the "Torbecchia" dining chairs fo...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Poltronova

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Straw, Wood

Gae Aulenti for Poltronova 'Locus Solus' day bed in chromed steel
By Gae Aulenti, Poltronova
Located in Argelato, BO
Gae Aulenti for Poltronova 'Locus Solus' day bed in chromed steel Locus Solus has a tubular structure, which is shaped by bending to form the backrest and armrests. The seat is made...
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1960s Post-Modern Vintage Poltronova

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Steel

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Poltronova furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Poltronova furniture 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 Poltronova furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 177 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 9 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Poltronova were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Tecno, Tobia Scarpa, and Tito Agnoli. Prices for Poltronova furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $656 and can go as high as $75,474, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $7,001.

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