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Lady Armchair

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While the scoop-like form of the Lady armchair, designed in 1951 by Italian architect and furniture maker Marco Zanuso (1916–2001), might not be the most visually arresting chair on the auction block today, it’s one of the classic pieces of mid-century modern furniture and was quite revolutionary for its time. 

Like many designers of the day, Zanuso was fascinated with new materials like polyurethane foam and elastic tape. In the 1940s, he began experimenting with them through a collaboration with Italian manufacturer Arflex that would endure for years. For the Arflex line, Zanuso designed not only the Lady armchair — which won the gold medal at the Milan Triennale the year of its debut — but also the 1949 Antropus chair and the 1951 Sleep-o-matic sofa. While these works were radical for their materials, their construction methods were also groundbreaking. The Lady armchair, for instance, was manufactured in pieces and assembled at the very end of the production process, whereas traditional furniture was more frequently constructed as a whole.

Zanuso spent his entire career creating a new definition of modernism through his works and his words. He studied architecture at the Polytechnic University of Milan with some of the country’s most forward-thinking designers, opened his own firm in 1945 and even served as the editor of design magazines Domus and Casabella, sharing his philosophy of modern design in their pages. He certainly succeeded in creating a lasting impact on the design world, particularly through pieces like the Lady armchair. It’s manufactured today by Cassina

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Marco Zanuso Lady armchair 1960s
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in bari, IT
A timeless must still in production this vintage armchair named Lady by master designer Marco Zanuso for Arflex 1960s production. Marco Zanuso (Milan, May 14, 1916 - Milan, July 11,...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Zanuso Mohair 'Baby' Lounge Chairs, Early Wood Frames, Brass Legs, Arflex, 1951
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
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. Please refer to the images where you can see nice detail photos of the bare wood frames prior to applying the new upholstery. Zanuso's elegant 'baby' chairs were designed to complement both his 'lady' and 'senior' chairs and these examples have been freshly reupholstered in beautiful 70% mohair, 30% silk mix fabric which complements the brass finish legs . Both chairs retain their original early period 'Arflex' manufacturer's metal labels which we managed to retain from the old worn fabric during the reupholstery process Both chairs have been fully renovated and reupholstered in our in-house workshops, including new rubber seat...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass, Steel

Lady Armchair by Marco Zanuso for Arflex, 1950's Full Restoration by Greenapple
By Greenapple, Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in Lisboa, PT
Collectible Vintage Italian armchair designed by Marco Zanuso for Arflex in the 1950s. This iconic design piece has been completely restored from the frame and special brass legs to...
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Early 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Pair of Marco Zanuso Armchair Model Lady in White Thick Wool Fabric
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Milano, MI
Pair of Marco Zanuso armchairs with original structure and thick wool white farbric.  
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Wool

Authentic Marco Zanuso Lady Chair, Arflex, in Pure Mohair, Italy, 1950s
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in London, GB
An original and authentic Marco Zanuso lady chair, Arflex, Italy, 1950s. In good structural condition and newly upholstered in a luxurious, grey (with a hint of brown) 100% mohair fa...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass

Marco Zanuso Armchair Lady
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in Firenze, IT
Marco Zanuso Armchair Lady Iconic Lady armchair, designed by Marco Zanuso, steel frame covered in fabric in shades of mustard. Arflex Manufacturing, Italy, early 2000s. Label on th...
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Metal

Pair of Lady armchair by Marco Zanuso for Arflex 1951
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in Meulebeke, BE
Designed in 1951 by Italian architect and furniture maker Marco Zanuso, these iconic chairs are a symbol of stylish, material and technological innovation. They won a gold medal at t...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Vintage Marco Zanuso Lady Lounge Chairs, Pair
By Marco Zanuso
Located in SAINT LOUIS, MO
This pair of Lady Lounge Chairs comes from a luxury villa designed by the architect Marco Zanuso in the town of Jesi, in the Marche region of Italy. ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass

Pair of Marco Zanuso Lady Chairs in Green Velvet
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Milano, IT
A pair of iconic Marco Zanuso lady chairs, Italy. Features brass feeting and newly upholstered in a rich green velvet. This shape is extremely comfortable and visually appealing.
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Antique 19th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Armchair Lady by Marco Zanuso Italy 1960s
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Miklavž Pri Taboru, SI
This iconic lounge chair Lady was designed by the masterful Marco Zanuso in the 1960s. Original upholstery and featuring a durable hardwood frame with steel legs and adjustable brass...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Fabric

Marco Zanuso Mid-Century Modern Lady Italian Armchairs Edited by Arflex
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Madrid, ES
Pair of "Lady" armchairs with stool designed by Marco Zanuso and edited by Arflex. Structure made of wood and brass legs. Italy, 1960s Dimensions: W 89 x D 77 x H 40/85 cm Stool di...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Lady chair in green velvet by Marco Zanuso for Arflex
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Milano, Lombardia
The armchair features a completely new green velvet fabric. It is important to remember that Zanuso was inspired by the automotive design method [source-less] for the creation of the...
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Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Velvet

Marco Zanuso by Arflex 1958 Vintage Lady Armchair
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Biella, IT
Marco Zanuso lady arm chair years ’58 Arflex production general conditions and structure very good except in the two armrest problem c...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Marco Zanuso Lady Armchair for Cassina, Italy, new
By Cassina, Marco Zanuso
Located in Berlin, DE
Prices vary dependent on the color/material of the chair. Armchair designed by Marco Zanuso in 1951, relaunched in 2015. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. An icon of 1950s Italian ...
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Metal

Marco Zanuso 'Square' Black Velvet Chairs with Teak Feet, Italy, circa 1955
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Vienna, AT
Marco Zanuso 'Square' black velvet chairs with, Italy circa 1955 Very stylish club chairs in amazing condition, very comfortable and upholstered in bla...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern Pair of Zanuso Armchairs for Arflex, Model Lady, 1950S
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern pair of Zanuso armchairs for Arflex, Model Lady, 1950.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chair Attributed to Marco Zanuso
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Monrovia, CA
1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern lounge chair attributed to Marco Zanuso. Early Lounge / Club Chair Designed by Italian Designer Marco Zanuso. Made In Italy. (Rare early design wi...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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1950's Italian Lady Armchair of Marco Zanuso for Arflex
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Paris, FR
The Iconic 20th-century collectible vintage Lady chair was designed by Marco Zanuso for Arflex in Italy in 1951. The very comfortable design features splayed expertly polished brass ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Set of Two Lounge Chairs designed by Marco Zanuso, 1962 Italy, Model "Woodline"
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in Antwerp, BE
MARCO ZANUSO ICONIC set of two armchairs model "WOODLINE" for Arflex Italy, 1962. Wooden structure, covered in camel leather. The chairs are made in a laminated nut wood curved frame...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Marco Zanuso Lady Chair Arflex, Italy, 1951
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Iconic so called 'Lady chair' designed by Marco Zanuso and manufactured by Arflex, Italy, 1951. This lady chair has chrome-plated legs and original upholstery in grey. The upholstery...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Cassina 720 Lady Chair with Iconic Pattern and Black Legs
By Cassina, Marco Zanuso
Located in Vancouver, BC
Designed in 1951 by Marco Zanuso for Arflex, the Lady armchair won the gold medal at the IX Milan Triennale in the same year. The armchair stands as a modern icon, the fruit of innov...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Armchairs

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Fabric

Marco Zanuso Mid-Century Modern Mod Lady Italian Armchair, 1950s
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Madrid, ES
Armchair model “Lady” designed by Marco Zanuso and edited by Arflex, made with solid wood structure and black metal legs. Bouclé wool upholstery Koala model edited by Pierre Frey. Fo...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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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 new 'Musco' , color code '00 / 01' fabric by high quality Dutch manufacturer 'DE PLOEG' UPDATE we have just finished restoring a superb and extremely rare Zanuso four seat elliptical 'triennale' sofa also dating from 1951 , the four seat option is extrenely rare and importantly is finished in matching color 'Musco' color code 00/01 , 100% mohair pile fabric by 'DE PLOEG' so a wonderful complete 1951 Zanuso lounge set is available please check item # LU930118557812 for availability. We also have the stunning matching elliptical marble coffee table with elegant brass base by Michel Kin...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Armchair in 'Lady Style' by Marco Zanuso, Italy 1960s
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Hellouw, NL
Amazing armchair in Lady Style by Marco Zanuso, Italy 1960s. This chair is very elegant, especially the armrests have a unique shape. The chair is in perfect condition. It is newly u...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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