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Lady Armchair
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Lady Armchair

About the Design

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 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 Stoo...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Authentic Marco Zanuso Lady Chairs, Arflex, Italy, 1950s, Newly Reupholstered
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in London, GB
A pair of original and authentic early Marco Zanuso lady chairs, Arflex, Italy, 1950s. Newly reupholstered in an elegant dark green velvet. Brass feet with original natural patina. F...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass

Marco Zanuso Red Lady Armchair for Arflex, 1951
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Lady armchair designed by Marco Zanuso in 1951 and produced by Arflex, was awarded the Gold Medal at the 1951 Milan Triennale and rapidly achieved the status of a modern design icon....
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Steel

Set of Two Lounge Chairs designed by Marco Zanuso, 1962 Italy, Model "Woodline"
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
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

Original Lady Chair by Marco Zanuso for Arflex
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in Little Burstead, Essex
An original lady chair by Marco Zanuso for Arflex with fresh new upholstery in teal blue and black, in perfect condition.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Authentic Marco Zanuso Lady Chairs, 1950s, Newly Reupholstered in Pure Mohair
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in London, GB
A pair of original and authentic early Marco Zanuso lady chairs, Arflex, Italy, 1950s. Newly reupholstered in a high quality 100% mohair pile in pale blue (with a very subtle hint of...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass

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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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass

Cassina 720 Lady Chair with Iconic Pattern and Black Legs
By Marco Zanuso, Cassina
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

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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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass, Steel

Pair of Original Lady Armchairs by Marco Zanuso, Arflex Italy
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Berlin, Berlin
A pair of 'Lady Chairs', designed by Marco Zanuso. Italy, Arflex, 1951. A pair of original 'LADY' lounge chairs designed by Marco Zanuso for Arflex, Milano. The chairs have been u...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Authentic Marco Zanuso Lady Chairs, 1950s, Newly Reupholstered in Mohair
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in London, GB
A pair of original and authentic early Marco Zanuso lady chairs, Arflex, Italy, 1950s. Newly reupholstered in a high quality tan 100% mohair pile velvet. Brass feet with original nat...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass

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

Marco Zanuso, "Lady" Armchair, Fabric and Brass, circa 1950, Italy
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Marco Zanuso (1916-2001), Armchair model "Lady", Brass base, Wooden base covered with beige fabric, Arflex Edition, Circa 1950, Italy. Icon of Italian design in the 1950s and sy...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

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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Chrome

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

Marco Zanuso Lady Armchair for Cassina, Italy, 2022
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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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal

Marco Zanuso for Arflex, Italy, a Pair of Original "Lady" Armchairs
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
Marco Zanuso, a pair of "Lady" chairs, these are in their original red wool upholstery to enable the client to choose the fabric most suited to their decor . If you're in London we c...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Wool

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

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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Velvet

20th Century Marco Zanuso Pair of Armchairs model Lady by Arflex Original Fabric
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in Turin, Turin
An icon of Italian design in the 1950s, the Lady armchair-sofa stands out for its extraordinary constructive modernity, a symbol of absolute innovation in terms of style, material an...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal, Brass

Signed Authentic Marco Zanuso Lady Chair by Arflex, France, 1950s
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Vienna, AT
Signed Authentic Marco Zanuso lady chair by Arflex, France, 1950s.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Metal, Brass

Marco Zanuso Lady Sofa, for Arflex, Green Sky, Italy, 1951, Two-Seat, Italy
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Barcelona, Cataluna
This piece is a well-known design that is well documented in general design literature, Design Classics. Spacious two-seat sofa.   
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Iron

Original Lady Armchair by Marco Zanuso, Arflex Italy
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Berlin, Berlin
An original 'LADY' lounge chair designed by Marco Zanuso for Arflex, Milano. The chair has been upholstered in fine boucle material. Chromes legs. Seat height 36 cm. Literature: R...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Bouclé

Leather Reupholstered Lady Armchairs by Zanuso
By Marco Zanuso
Located in IT
Lady armchairs by Zanuso, from Italy from midcentury period. Reupholstered in premium quality mauve color leather. New paddings. Brass legs. Size: H 94 cm, W 67 cm, D 80 cm A vid...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

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