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Marco Zanuso, "Lady" Armchair, Fabric and Brass, circa 1950, Italy

US$3,663.73

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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 symbol of stylistic, material and technological innovation, the Lady armchair by Marco Zanuso made history with its breathtakingly modern construction. Measures : width 78 cm, height 76 cm, depth 76 cm. Marco Zanuso (May 14, 1916, Milan – June 11, 2001) was an Italian designer and architect. He is one of the Milan designers who shaped the idea of ??post-war Good Design. Marc Zanuso was born in Milan, Italy in 1916. He studied architecture at the Polytechnic of Milan. He opened his own design agency in 1945. From the beginning of his career, he established the theories and ideals of the Modern Design movement in the Domus magazine created by Gio Ponti. He will also be the publisher from 1947 to 1949. He was also the publisher of Casabella from 1952 to 1956. In 1957, he became the partner of designer Richard Sapper. Together, from 1958 to 1977, they developed objects and furniture for domestic use, including the first plastic chair marketed by Kartell, the “4999”. They became consultants for Brionvega where they notably created the TS502 radio in 1964. They had a decisive impact on the arrival of plastic objects in homes.

Details

  • Creator
    Marco Zanuso (Designer)
  • Design
    Lady ArmchairLady Series
  • Dimensions
    Height: 76 cm (29.93 in.)Width: 78 cm (30.71 in.)Depth: 76 cm (29.93 in.)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1950
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Nice, FR
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU935727964492

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About the Design

Lady Armchair

Designed by Marco Zanuso
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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