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Pair of Giancarlo Piretti “Alky” Grey Leather Chairs, Castelli, 1969

$4,980per set

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A pair of Giancarlo Piretti “Alky” lounge chairs originally upholstered with grey leather, manufactured by Castelli in the 1970s. Great original condition with the foam still being intact and exactly the right amount of sturdiness, the organic shape offers a minimal appearance but also comfort. The construction suggests a solid way of building whereas the weight is relatively low for a lounge chair due to hollow aluminum sections used as a basic frame. It’s rare to find a pair of these in good original condition. We could only find a small damages in form of scratches to the leather, other than that the chairs are perfectly fine for years of use to come. They have been newly treated with a leather conditioner. Dimensions are H.30.7" x W.38.2 x D.29.52". Seating height is 14.17". These will sell as a pair only and will ship crated and internationally.

Details

  • Creator
    Cassina (Manufacturer),Giancarlo Piretti (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 27.96 in. (71.02 cm)Width: 25.99 in. (66.02 cm)Depth: 27.96 in. (71.02 cm)Seat Height: 14.18 in. (36.02 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1975
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. We could only find a small damages in form of scratches and rub off to the leather, other than that the chairs are perfectly fine for years of use to come. They have been newly treated with a leather conditioner.
  • Seller Location
    Vienna, AT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU993523437802

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  • Shipping
    $990 Standard Parcel Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 1-2 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Customs Duties & Taxes May Apply.
    Ships From: Vienna, Austria
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 10 days of delivery.

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About the Design

Alky Chair

Designed by Giancarlo Piretti
In the 1960s, Giancarlo Piretti (b. 1940), who earned a degree in art education at the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna and taught interior design, began working with the Italian manufacturer Castelli, where he would go on to produce some of the most popular chairs in the world. In 1969, he debuted the Alky, a sculptural, modernized riff on a slipper chair that appears to float above the ground. Unlike most chairs, the Alky doesn’t have a distinctive base and seat; rather the entire form appears as one continuous piece, originally upholstered in velvet and wool and set on narrow, aluminum feet. Much of Piretti’s popularity in the United States can be attributed to Castelli’s exhibition “The Piretti Collection” at the 1988 iteration of the NeoCon design exposition in Chicago. There, his ergonomic office seating earned him a slew of awards and led to increased global attention. Compared to Piretti’s widely revered folding chairs and wheeling desk chairs (the Plia, of which millions have sold, is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art; the DSC 106 is among Castelli’s best known), the Alky — no longer in production — is by far the most sumptuous design. Yet, as much as its shapely silhouette has made it a favorite of interior designers in residential and commercial spaces alike, it is also rooted in comfort. Its foam-covered back and seat give soft resistance, and the Alky chair’s organic shape perfectly cradles the sitter — a true mark of the modernist dedication to human-centric design.
About the Seller
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Located in Vienna, Austria

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