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Marco Zanuso

Italian, 1916-2001

Italian designer Marco Zanuso helped cement his country’s place as a world leader in furniture design that used new materials in revolutionary ways.

Zanuso was part of a generation of furniture designers who encouraged a sharp departure from the traditionalism and classicalism that reigned over the design industry before the war. These designers, who are associated with what we now call mid-century modernism, experimented with new technologies and materials to deliver on the world’s newfound need for streamlined products that represented the future.

After graduating from the Polytechnic University of Milan in 1939 with a degree in architecture, Zanuso served in the Navy during World War II. Soon after the war, he opened his own design firm in Milan in 1945. He later became an editor at well-regarded design magazines Domus and Casabella. He used this editorial platform to both promote new Italian designs as well as his own pieces, some of which he made using unconventional materials like foam and latex. For instance, his famous Lady armchair from 1951 is a composition of foam rubber and Nastro Cord, a recently invented textile band of rubberized fabric that eliminated the need for metal springs. It was one of several pieces he designed for Italian manufacturer Arflex, along with the 1949 Antropus chair and the 1951 Sleep-o-matic sofa.

Zanuso often collaborated with other like-minded creatives. From 1955 until 1957, he was Olivetti’s architect, designing factories across Brazil, and for nearly two decades, he collaborated with German designer Richard Sapper. The pair’s most famous product is the 4999 children’s chair, manufactured in the 1960s by Kartell in Italy. The stackable chair was the first to be manufactured entirely of injection-molded plastic. Zanuso and Sapper also partnered on the 1962 Brionvega Doney 14, the first European-made portable transistor TV; its sleek, compact and curvy form deeply influenced the design of television sets that followed, which were far more sculptural in form than the rigid boxes that characterized early models.

From the 1970s onward, Zanuso taught architecture and industrial design at the Polytechnic University of Milan. He still exercised his creative talents, planning the headquarters for computer companies and renovating Italian theaters.

Each of Zanuso’s elegant works were demonstrative of a forward-looking sensibility. His projects saw an integration of novel industrial materials that not only helped emphasize the beauty of good design but also played a role in rendering these well-made products accessible to everyday consumers.

On 1stDibs, find a collection of vintage Marco Zanuso furniture, including armchairs, sofas, table lamps and other items.

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Lady Armchair
Lady Armchair
Lady Divano Sofa
Lady Divano Sofa
Pair of Mid-Century Modern Marco Zanuso Lounge Chairs with Sculptural Brass Legs
By Marco Zanuso
Located in New York, NY
This elegant pair of Mid-Century Modern arm chairs were realized in Italy circa 1950 by the esteemed Marco Zanuso. They feature a tapered, gently reclined back with a rounded top; sc...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Marco Zanuso

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Brass

Mid-Century Marco Zanuso 'Square' Sofa and Armchairs Suite
By Marco Zanuso
Located in London, GB
A pair of armchairs and three seater sofa. By Marco Zanuso for Arflex. Italy, c1962. Original upholstery wants updating, priced accordingly. Location: Belgium Gallery...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Marco Zanuso

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Fabric

Marco Zanuso for Arflex Pair of Lounge Chairs in Black Leather
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Marco Zanuso for Arflex, pair of lounge chairs, model 'Regent', leather, metal, Italy, designed in 1960 Admirable pair of ‘Regent’ lounge chairs designed by Marco Zanuso in 1960. ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Marco Zanuso

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Metal

Mid Century Baby Armchair by Marco Zanuso for Arflex, 1950s
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
Very rare "Baby" chair designed by Marco Zanuso for Arflex in the 50's. This lounge chair is very comfortable and classic elegant. This chair has been totally restored and reupholste...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Marco Zanuso

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Metal

Marco Zanuso Woodline Armchair by Cassina
By Marco Zanuso, Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Armchair designed by Marco Zanuso in 1964, relaunched in 2015. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. An armchair with a striking, rigorous design, the outcome of research by Marco Zanus...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Marco Zanuso

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Leather, Wood

  • Marco Zanuso Woodline Armchair by Cassina
  • Marco Zanuso Woodline Armchair by Cassina
  • Marco Zanuso Woodline Armchair by Cassina
  • Marco Zanuso Woodline Armchair by Cassina
H 28.35 in. W 29.14 in. D 35.04 in.
Marco Zanuso for Arflex Pair of ‘Square’ Lounge Chairs in Cognac Leather
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Marco Zanuso for Arflex, pair of ‘square’ lounge chairs, leather, metal, Italy, 1962 This eccentric pair of club chairs by Marco Zanuso is well-executed embodying a solid constru...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Marco Zanuso

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Metal

Marco Zanuso Leather Woodline Armchair by Cassina
By Cassina, Marco Zanuso
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Woodline armchair designed by Marco Zanuso in 1964, relaunched in 2015. Leather and stained walnut wood. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. An armchair with a striking, rigor...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Marco Zanuso

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Leather, Wood

  • Marco Zanuso Leather Woodline Armchair by Cassina
  • Marco Zanuso Leather Woodline Armchair by Cassina
  • Marco Zanuso Leather Woodline Armchair by Cassina
  • Marco Zanuso Leather Woodline Armchair by Cassina
H 28.35 in. W 29.14 in. D 35.04 in.
Marco Zanuso Model 275 Table Lamp for Oluce, Italy, 1960s
By Marco Zanuso, Oluce
Located in Milan, IT
Marco Zanuso model 275 table lamp for Oluce.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Marco Zanuso

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Metal

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Marco Zanuso furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture by Marco Zanuso are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our Marco Zanuso collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are currently 149 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there are also 12 modern editions to choose from. Many original furniture by Marco Zanuso were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider furniture by Carlo De Carli, Tecno and Paolo Buffa if you are looking for additional options. Prices for Marco Zanuso furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at US$250 and tops out at US$32,246, while pieces like these can sell for US$6,635. 1stDibs

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