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Maralunga Sofa

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While origin stories behind the world’s timeless designs vary widely, the story of the Maralunga sofa is one of the best in design lore: As legend has it, when Cassina founder Cesare Cassina first saw the prototype for the piece in the mid-1970s by Italian furniture designer Vico Magistretti (1920–2006), he was so disgusted by it that he punched it, breaking the back of the sofa, which crumbled over itself . . . into the shape the piece would eventually take. (“Right, great, it looks perfect to me like that,” Magistretti allegedly responded.)

Whether it was his accidental adjustment or further consideration of the design, Cassina clearly came around: His company debuted Magistretti’s design in 1973. The Maralunga is characterized by what looks like a slumped backrest but is really an adjustable-height headrest, moved by way of a bicycle chain that runs underneath its plush foam cushions.

The effect is a sofa that serves two functions: It’s both a backdrop for social conversation and a setting for solo relaxation. “My intention with Maralunga was to design an object that represented a whole range of interior architecture with a familiar feel,” Magistretti said of the design. “Two positions, two possible uses, two different ways to create your own personal space inside a room.”

While the Maralunga’s boxy shape is pure ’70s, the sofa holds its own in a range of interiors and remains popular today. Cassina now produces it in a variety of upholstery options and, in 2014, enlisted a slew of designers to reinterpret it in celebration of its 40th anniversary.

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Cassina Maralunga Two Seater Sofa In Brown Velvet By Vico Magistretti, 1970s
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in ABCOUDE, UT
Nice two seater Maralunga sofa in brown velvet, by Vico Magistretti for Cassina, 1970s. This design is known for its high comfort and adjustable backrests. The vintage Maralunga sofa...
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Maralunga three-seater sofa designed by Vico Magistretti for Cassina in the 1970
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Milan, IT
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Fabric, Wood

Maralunga 3-Seater Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina, 1990s
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in RADOMSKO, PL
Discover the international bestseller – Maralunga Sofa. With its inviting shapes and unique characteristic feature, the Maralunga series is a testament to innovation and comfort. Eng...
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Blue velvet "Maralunga" sofa by Mario Bellini, Cassina 1970
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Located in Renens, CH
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Located in Basel, BS
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Located in Milano, IT
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Located in Los Angeles, CA
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Glass and Marble Side Table Designed by Vico Magistretti for Cattelan, Italy 80s
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Located in Lucija, SI
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Marble, Metal

1970s 2-Seater Maralunga Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina
By Vico Magistretti, Cassina
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
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Wool

Maralunga sofa Cassina 70's leather
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Located in Milano, MI
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Leather

Vintage Maralunga Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina
By Vico Magistretti, Cassina
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
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Vintage 1980s Italian Sofas

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Fabric, Wood

Pair of Maralunga sofas design by Vico Magistretti for Cassina 2seater - 3seater
By Vico Magistretti, Cassina
Located in Milan, IT
Pair of Maralunga sofas designed by Vico Magistretti for Cassina 2-seater and 3-seater. Pair of Maralunga sofas designed by Vico Magistretti for Cassina, 2-seater and 3-seater, 1970s...
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Fabric, Wood

Vico Magistretti Maralunga Sofa for Cassina, Italy - new
By Vico Magistretti, Cassina
Located in Berlin, DE
The two-seater is available in 166cm or 190cm width. The three-seater is available in 238cm or 274cm width. The price of the sofa is dependent on the chosen fabric and size. Cassin...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather, Fabric, Wood

20th Century Maralunga Sofa In Original Velvet Fabric By Vico Magistretti
By Vico Magistretti, Cassina
Located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
A 2-seater “675 Maralunga” sofa in original vintage velvet fabric. The Maralunga sofa was designed by Vico Magistretti in the early 1970s for Cassina. Cosy and adaptable, the ever cool sofa...
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Fabric, Velvet

20th Century Maralunga Sofa In Original Velvet Fabric By Vico Magistretti
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Located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
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Maralunga 2-seater sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina from the 70s
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Located in Milan, IT
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"Maralunga" 3-seater by Vico Magistretti / Cassina
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Located in Wien, Wien
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Fabric

Pair of Maralunga Armchairs by Vico Magistretti in Ocean Green Corduroy
By Vico Magistretti
Located in Ozzano Dell'emilia, IT
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Fabric

Vico Magistretti Maralunga 40S Sofa for Cassina, Italy
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Berlin, DE
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Vico Magistretti three-seater sofa in lacquered wood
By Vico Magistretti
Located in Milano, IT
COD-2421 Vico Magistretti (1920-2006) Three-seater sofa in lacquered wood with wavy backrest. Perfect original condition, cushions in progress. Model Carimate, Italy, 1959. 190 x...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Wood

Carimate Chairs, Design by Vico Magistretti, Cassina Italy 60s
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Lucija, SI
Vico Magistretti designed the original red “Carimate” chair model in 1959 for the homonymous golf club in Italy. The chair received exposure in the ...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Rush, Rope, Wood

Set 4 Cassina VillaBianca chairs by Vico Magistretti
By Vico Magistretti
Located in Montecchio Precalcino, VI
Rare set of 4 "VillaBianca" chairs design by italian master Vico Magistretti for luxury brand Cassina. This Amazing set Is perfect for 80s lovers, Memphis style, plastic space age ro...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Living Room Sets

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Polyester, Hardwood

Set of Two Maralunga Black Leather Armchairs by Vico Magistretti
By Vico Magistretti
Located in Roma, IT
Set of two vintage Maralunga armchairs in black leather finish. These iconic series were awarded the Compasso d'Oro in 1973 and are still part of the MOMA's permanent collection tod...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Leather

Maralunga 2 Seater Sofa by Vico Magistretti Upholstery in Ocean Green Corduroy
By Vico Magistretti
Located in Ozzano Dell'emilia, IT
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric

Maralunga Sofas by Vico Magistretti for Cassina, 1970s
By Vico Magistretti, Cassina
Located in Almelo, NL
Maralunga sofas by Vico Magistretti for Cassina, 1970s An exemplary version of the iconic Maralunga sofas in original vintage fabric. The ov...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Steel

Vico Magisretti 'Maralunga' Suite of Sofas and Armchairs for Cassina
By Vico Magistretti
Located in London, GB
A suite of sofas and armchairs by Italian Designer Vico Magistretti for Cassina. Italy, designed in 1970s, this model likely c1990-2000s. Original leather, which has some signs of light aging but remains in good condition. A unique headrest solution from the designer to these chairs is that it can be 'unfurled' to a taller position for comfort. Price is for the set. Two three...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Living Room Sets

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Leather

Leather Maralunga sofa set by Vico Magistretti for Cassina, 1973
By Vico Magistretti, Cassina
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Vintage dark blue leather maralunga sofa set designed by Vico Magistretti for Cassina. Award winning design piece from 1973 with adjustable backrests. The set consists of a 3, 2 a...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Living Room Sets

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Leather

Vico Magistretti 2-Seater Loveseat Maralunga Sofa for Cassina, Italy, 1980s
By Vico Magistretti, Cassina
Located in Antwerpen, BE
Loveseat sofa 'Maralunga', designed by Vico Magistretti and produced by Cassina in Italy in the 1980’s. This very comfortable bench is upholstered with the original two toned, dark g...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Loveseats

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Fabric, Foam

2 Divani Maralunga di Vico Magistretti produzione Cassina Pelle Nera a due sedut
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Lucca, IT
2 Divani Maralunga di Vico Magistretti produzione Cassina anni 1978 Coppia di divani Maralunga in pelle nera a due sedute. Divano iconico il Maralunga si conferma come uno dei divani...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather

Leather Maralunga sofa set by Vico Magistretti for Cassina
By Vico Magistretti, Cassina
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Vintage white/beige leather maralunga sofa set designed by Vico Magistretti for Cassina in 1973. Iconic design sofa with a timeless look. The set consists of a 2 seater and two arm...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather

Three Seater Maralunga Sofa By Vico Magistretti For Cassina
By Vico Magistretti, Cassina
Located in London, GB
Three seater 'Maralunga Sofa By Vico Magistretti For Cassina in Navy Leather The Maralunga sofa was created in 1973 by Vico Magistretti for the Italian firm Cassina. Known for his...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather

Pair of Maralunga sofas by Vico Magistretti for Cassina, 1970s
By Vico Magistretti, Cassina
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
Vintage maralunga sofa, set of 2, designed by Vico Magistretti for Cassina in 1973. This iconic design sofa is upholstered in its original beige upholstery. Labelled The backrests ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric

Maralunga 3-seater in cream boucle by Vico Magistretti for Cassina, 1970s
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in amstelveen, NL
This Maralunga sofa was designed by Vico Magistretti for Cassina in 1973. This is an original version of the seventies. Reupholstered in a cream fluffy bouclé. With steel structure. ...
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Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Bouclé

Cassina by Vico Magistretti Maralunga Grey Three-Seater Sofa
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in London, GB
Originally designed by Vico Magistretti for Cassina in 1973, the Maralunga sofa has become a true design icon. Upholstered in soft grey fabric, the sofa features the signature adjustable headrests and folded armrests...
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1990s Italian Modern Sofas

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Fabric

Coppia di divani Maralunga di V. Magistretti Produzione Cassina anni 70
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Lucca, IT
Set di due divani Maralunga di Vico Magistretti ,produzione Cassina, prima serie originale 1970. Il set è composto da un divano grande a tre sedute e da un divano a due sedute. I div...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Velvet

Maralunga Large Sofa by Vico Magistretti from Cassina 1970s
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Lucca, IT
Maralunga sofa by Vico Magistretti from Cassina Italy 1970 the Iconic sofa.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Fabric

3-Seater Maralunga Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina
By Vico Magistretti, Cassina
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
Iconic Mid-Century Modern "Maralunga" 3-seater sofas / armchairs by Vico Magistretti for Cassina. This example features green-grey velvet with colored pattern. While the fabric holds strong, re-covering in new fabric is recommended. Head / backrests are adjustable for a cheeky look that never fails to turn heads in the living room. They are also extremely comfortable. The height of the sofa with fully extended headrest is 40 in (100 cm) and 30 in (71 cm) when fully compressed. It has been professionally laundered and is clean, however, the fabric remains discolored. Structurally sound in every respect and an excellent candidates for re-covering according to decorator's desire. While origin stories behind the world’s timeless designs vary widely, the story of the Maralunga sofa is one of the best in design lore: As legend has it, when Cassina founder Cesare Cassina first saw the prototype for the piece in the mid-1970s by Italian furniture designer Vico Magistretti (1920–2006), he was so disgusted by it that he punched it, breaking the back of the sofa, which crumbled over itself . . . into the shape the piece would eventually take. (“Right, great, it looks perfect to me like that,” Magistretti allegedly responded.) Whether it was his accidental adjustment or further consideration of the design, Cassina clearly came around: His company debuted Magistretti’s design in 1973. The Maralunga is characterized by what looks like a slumped backrest but is really an adjustable-height headrest, moved by way of a bicycle chain...
Category

Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

Materials

Velvet

Two-Seat Maralunga Leather Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Voorburg, NL
A wonderful Maralunga sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina. This beauty was designed in 1973 and quickly became a design Classic. Its clever design incorporates manipulatable back cu...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather

Cassina Maralunga Ensemble Leather Sofa and 2 Chairs and 1 Ottoman
By Vico Magistretti, Cassina
Located in Munich, Bavaria
Cassina Modell Maralunga in Mint condition. The condition is like new. It was used only for several months. This set consist a 3-seat Sofa. 2 armchairs und 1 ottoman. The leather...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Sofas

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Leather, Upholstery, Foam

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