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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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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. Pleas...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass, Steel

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

Restored Early Production Wood Frame Zanuso 'Lady' Chairs, 1951, Mohair Fabric
By Marco Zanuso
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern

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Brass, Mohair, Rubber, Wood, Latex

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

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

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

"Lady" Marco Zanuso by Arflex Cotton Velvet and Hermes Fabric Italian Armchair
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in Madrid, ES
Armchair model «Lady» designed by Marco Zanuso edited by Arflex. Structure made of solid wood, and metal legs. Seat and back upholstered in cotton velvet designed by India Mahdavi an...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Cotton, Velvet

Leather Reupholstered Lady Armchairs by Zanuso
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Milano, 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

Marco Zanuso Red Lady Armchair for Arflex, 1951
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
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

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

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Brass

Marco Zanuso Lady Armchair by Cassina
By Cassina, Marco Zanuso
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Armchair designed by Marco Zanuso in 1951, relaunched in 2015. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. An icon of 1950s Italian design, the armchair-sofa lady stands out for its extrao...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Marco Zanuso, Triennale Sofa and Pair of Lady Armchairs Set, Italy, 1950
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in Catonvielle, FR
Set consisting of a 3-seat Triennale sofa and two lady armchairs created by Marco Zanuso for Arflex, Italy, 1951. Upholstered in orange-red velvet with a chevron pattern, this set i...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Living Room Sets

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Metal, Brass

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

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Fabric

Marco Zanuso 720 Lady Chair for Arflex with Custom Upholstery
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in Miami, FL
Marco Zanuso 720 lady chair by Arflex. Fabric is original and in excellent condition for age and use. Marco Zanuso's 720 lady chair was awarded the Gold Medal at the 1951 Milan Tr...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Steel

Midcentury Lady Zanuso Green Velvet Brass Legs Armchairs
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Milano, IT
We propose a couple of midcentury lady Zanuso green velvet brass legs armchairs. The armchairs have been restored in their padding and re upholstered in new green velvet. Legs are ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Authentic Marco Zanuso Lady Chair, Arflex, Italy, 1950s-1960s
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in London, GB
An authentic early Marco Zanuso lady chair, Arflex, Italy, 1950s-1960s. In original brown vinyl fabric. Re-upholstery options available. Fast shipping worldwide. UK customers p...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass

Authentic Marco Zanuso Lady Chair, Arflex, Italy, 1950s-1960s
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in London, GB
An authentic early Marco Zanuso lady chair, Arflex, Italy, 1950s-1960s. In original green vinyl fabric. Fast shipping worldwide. UK customers please note: displayed prices do...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass

Pair of Lady Armchairs by Marco Zanuso for Arflex
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Original pair of iconic armchairs Lady designed by Marco Zanuso for Arflex in 1951. Early edition. Newly re-upholstery in pink velvet. They won the Gold Medal at IX Triennale in 1...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Brass

Pair of "Lady" Armchairs by Marco Zanuso for Arflex, Italy, 1950s
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in Paris, FR
Pair of "Lady" armchairs by Marco Zanuso for Arflex, Italy, 1950s. Reupholstered with a white grey fabric by Ritz editions.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Armchairs

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Brass

Authentic Marco Zanuso Lady Chairs, Arflex, Italy, 1950s/1960s
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in London, GB
A wonderful pair of original and authentic early Marco Zanuso lady chairs, Arflex, Italy, 1950s/60s. Fast shipping worldwide. UK customers please note: displayed prices do no...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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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

Authentic Marco Zanuso Lady Chairs, Arflex, Italy, 1960s, for Reupholstery
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in London, GB
A wonderful pair of original and authentic early Marco Zanuso lady chairs, Arflex, Italy, 1960s. Brass feet with original natural patina (and some old stickers that will come off). T...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass

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

Lady Suite by Marco Zanuso for Arflex, Italy, 1950s
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in Berkhamsted, GB
An extremely rare Marco Zanuso Lady Suite for Arflex, fully restored and reupholstered. A pair of armchairs with ottomans and a curved three seater sofa. Possibly the best example in...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Living Room Sets

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Metal

Early "Lady" Armchair Designed by Marco Zanuso for Arflex Italy, 1951
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in Wolfurt, AT
Early "Lady" chair, designed by Marco Zanuso, manufactured by Arflex in 1951. Armchair with pressed metal frame. Suspension in elastic bands. Mouldes foam rubber filling. Fabric i...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Marco Zanuso for Arflex Italian Orange Early "Lady" Armchair, 1951
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in Wolfurt, AT
Early "Lady" chair, designed by Marco Zanuso, manufactured by Arflex in 1951. This massive armchair has been freshly upholstered with "Tabularasa" by Dedar (cotton satin Tabularasa c...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Original Lady Chair by Marco Zanuso for Arflex
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
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

Set of Three "Lady" Chairs by Zanuso
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Set of three "Lady" chairs by Marco Zanuso for Arflex. Fine example of Mid-Century Italian sculptured seating. Perfect chairs to use with sectional sofa by Zanuso. Newly reupho...
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Mid-20th Century 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

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