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Pair of G. Offredi Plum Fabric and Steel Italian "Lens" Chairs for Saporiti 1968

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Marvellous midcentury pair of armchairs with tubular steel structure and plum fabric seats. "Lens" model was designed by Giovanni Offredi and produced for Saporiti, around 1968 in Italy. These items are made of a stunning new stain-resistant, fire-retardant plum red fabric. A magnificent and iconic set that will be perfect for a living room or study, thanks to the brightness of the chromed steel structure. These pieces are in great vintage conditions as shown in the photos. A magnificent and iconic pair of pieces that will be perfect for a living room or study. Giovanni Offredi (born 1927, Milan–died 2007, Milan) was a prominent Italian furniture and product designer of the second half of the 20th century. As opposed to most of the other Italian furniture designers of his time, Giovanni Offredi was not an architect, nor did he start designing early in his professional career. Instead, Offredi partially fits the career path of some of the talented contemporary designers who pursue product design outside of a formal education in architecture. The earliest furniture design work known by Giovanni Offredi consists of exemplary furnishings made specifically for some of the wealthy families in Milan. Such is the case of the works done by Offredi for Casa C., in 1960, in Gorgonzola, a small town 14 miles from Milan. These works were designed with a surprisingly minimal simplicity and elegance, and they also clearly display a hallmark of his design work with the use of angular lines and exposed metal or wood frames—not unlike some of the modern Scandinavian design of the time. In the late 1960s, Giovanni Offredi met Sergio Saporiti, the owner of Italian design shop and furniture maker Saporiti, and in 1970, Offredi formalized a partnership with the furniture maker. This partnership would be long and successful and resulted in many furniture designs of distinct precision that were clearly modern and innovative and that went on to enjoy considerable commercial success. The most prominent furniture designs that Offredi made for Saporiti include the Paracarro table (1970), made of a simple cylindrical concrete base with a cross metal section on the top and a glass top; the Sail chair (1973); the Wave dining chairs (1974) and Wave sofa and lounge chair (1975); and the P600 and P650 ovval elliptical tables, which were similar to the Paracarro table but larger and with two bases and, in some cases, with wooden bases instead of concrete bases. In 1984, Giovanni Offredi partnered with premium Italian cabinet and kitchen manufacturer Snaidero, creating several configurations, such as the Krios (1984), Kalia (1986), Pragma (1987), Contralto (1988), and Kube (2006). Giovanni Offredi’s affinity for modernism and what it meant triggered certain disillusionment as he witnessed the evolution of the postmodernist movement beyond its initial years. On this topic, he said the following: “Italian design, which has always drawn its success from the balance between rationality and fantasy, seems to have lost this harmony. The craving for the ‘new’ has created confusion. Some are caught up in forced attempts, thinking of finding space in the market and achieving success. The postmodern, born as an act of polemic towards certain rationalist positions, that were fossilized over time, established itself for the desire to renew certain forms, freeing them from their rigidity. But unfortunately it has been transformed to identify with the search for novelty at all costs. Post Modernism has failed to go beyond the surface, it is failing to give content to its forms. We are no longer dealing with a cultural fact, but with a fact of fashion and beyond rationality there is only passion, the ephemeral, the transient.”

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Established in 1950, mid-century Italian furniture maker Saporiti Italia has a reputation for avant-garde and enduring designs, and its tables, chairs and cabinets inspire all who have had the pleasure of contemplating them.

Furniture designer Sergio Saporiti founded Saporiti Italia with a vision of creating pieces ahead of their time. By staying on top of the cultural shifts taking shape during the postwar era — and finding inspiration in the craftsmanship, durability and sensibility of Scandinavian design — Saporiti was able to tap into what the public wanted. His focus on using high-quality materials ensured that every welcoming Saporiti chair and table could be used and enjoyed for decades to come.

In 1965, Saporiti collaborated with Italian designer Alberto Rosselli, a pioneer of the industrial design movement. They created such iconic pieces as the Confidential sofa, the Moby Dick chaise lounge and the Jumbo chair. In the 1970s, Saporiti initiated another collaboration with Italian designer Giovanni Freddi. The prolific partnership resulted in universally renowned designs like the Paracarro table and the Sail chair. Together, they also created the curving Wave sofa, which was popular in international markets.

The joint projects were a success, and Saporiti Italia opened many international showrooms throughout the 1970s. In the 1980s, the company released a line of customizable furniture, including the Avedon sofa, in collaboration with designer Mauro Lipparini. This era also led to a partnership with Missoni — the celebrated Italian fashion brand expanded into home furnishings in 1983 and created rugs and upholstery fabrics for Saporiti soon afterward.

Since then, Saporiti Italia has pivoted to furniture contracting and design management. To this day, the company remains under the ownership of the Saporiti family, and vintage Saporiti furniture continues to capture the imagination of collectors worldwide.

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