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Marco Zanuso, "Martingale" Armchair for Arflex, circa 1950

US$6,385.90

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"Martingale" armchair designed by Marco Zanuso and produced by Arflex in the 1950s. Brass feet. Original piece from the 50's fully restored and newly upholstered in the traditional way by the best French craftsmen with a Nobilis wool fabric. Excellent condition. Model reproduced on the cover of the Domus magazine n ° 300 of November 1954.

Details

  • Creator
    Marco Zanuso (Designer),Arflex (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 85 cm (33.47 in.)Width: 78 cm (30.71 in.)Depth: 88 cm (34.65 in.)Seat Height: 40 cm (15.75 in.)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1950
  • Condition
    Refinished. Reupholstered. Original piece from the 50's fully restored and newly upholstered in the traditional way by the best French craftsmen with a Nobilis wool fabric. Excellent condition.
  • Seller Location
    Paris, FR
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 8351stDibs: LU1532223638342

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  • Shipping
    Customs Duties & Taxes May Apply.
    Ships From: Lille, France
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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About the Designer

Marco Zanuso

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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