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Pair of Restored 'SQUARE' Lounge Chairs by Zanuso for Arflex,Italy, 1962, Signed

US$10,000 per set

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Lovely pair of restored 'square' lounge chairs designed by Marco Zanuso for Arflex,Italy in 1962. Both chairs are signed wirh original early fabric 'Arflex' manufacturer's labels. The upholstery on these chairs has undergone a thorough ground up restoration, We began by stripping both chairs right back to their bare wood frames , please see last two images. We have completely renewed the upholstery including all new foam and high quality rubber seat and backrest support webbing by the original Italian manufacturer 'Pirelli' . The chairs have been finished in high quality 'Panama' ,100% virgin wool, fabric (color code 06) by the Dutch textile company DE PLOEG . This fabric has a relatively deep pile (nap) rating of 4 and has an elegant authentic mid century quality to its finish. It also has a very high 60,000 Martindale abbrasion rating so is very wear resistant too. We managed to retain the early original fabric 'Arflex' manufacturer's labels from the original worn fabric and have resewn them onto the new fabric. The enameled steel legs have been left completely original to maintain some signs of visual age and period authenticity. The legs are finished with their original elegant hardwood disc feet which have a very nice grain pattern and have been hand polished.. LITERATURE: 'RIVISTA DELL ARREDAMENTO' issue number 100, 1962 , page 40 'DOMUS' , issue May 1965, page 40, full page Arflex advert 'REPERTORIO 1950-80' ,page 179, Gramigna, 1985, Mondadori,Italy (PLEASE SEE IMAGE 2) 'ARFLEX 51-81' , page 28, Baroni, Lucini e C, Milan. 1981

Details

  • Creator
    Arflex (Manufacturer),Marco Zanuso (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 28.35 in. (72 cm)Width: 31.5 in. (80 cm)Depth: 35.44 in. (90 cm)Seat Height: 16.15 in. (41 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1962
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. The upholstery has been completely renovated including new foam,rubber seat and backrest support webbing and new wool fabric. The enameled steel legs have been left completely original to maintain some visual signs of patina and period authenticity.
  • Seller Location
    bergen op zoom, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU930114011422

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    Ships From: bergen op zoom, Netherlands
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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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