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Ico Parisi Green Velvet Armchairs for MIM, Original Label

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Wonderful pair of armchairs designed by Ico Parisi for the fine Italian manufacturer MIM in the 1950s. A metal label from MIM Roma is present where the seat is. The structure of the armchairs is totally made of fine dark wood, very elegant. There are 4 supporting legs, narrow and rectangular in shape, but very sturdy, to ensure a safe as well as comfortable seat. The two back legs are slightly more inclined. with a special feature at the top of the leg. The seat has been reupholstered in green velvet, very beautiful and elegant. The backrest is identical, made in the same way. Its special feature is in the armrests: they are curved on the wooden frame, very beautiful. The armchairs are ideal for furnishing studies or important areas.

Details

  • Creator
    Ico Parisi (Designer),MIM Roma (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29.34 in. (74.5 cm)Width: 34.85 in. (88.5 cm)Depth: 31.11 in. (79 cm)Seat Height: 17.72 in. (45 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use. The pair of vintage armchairs are in good vintage conditions, but they've been reupholstered. Wear and scratches are consistent with use and time. Being a VINTAGE object, it may present little defects.
  • Seller Location
    Milano, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4911229206592

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    Ships From: milano, Italy
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 1 day of delivery.

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About the Designer

Ico Parisi

Domenico “Ico” Parisi was one half of a prolific postwar design duo he comprised with his wife, Luisa. Their furniture designs are known for running the stylistic gamut, with celebrated mid-century modern pieces ranging from elegantly skeletal — like dramatic ebonized dining chairs — to plush and shapely, like the iconic 1951 Egg chair, in a plethora of materials.

The son of an art teacher father, Ico Parisi was exposed to art at an early age. Born in 1916 in the Sicilian capital of Palermo, he and his family moved to Como in 1925. There, the young Parisi would begin to develop his interest in architecture and design. After earning a degree as a building inspector in 1936 and working as a civil engineer, Parisi took on an apprenticeship in the studio of Giuseppe Terragni, the modernist, fascist Italian architect, pioneer of the Rationalist movement and creator of the iconic Casa del Fascio.

While working for Terragni, Parisi crossed paths with such contemporary design talents as Lucio Fontana, Bruno Munari and Pietro Lingeri, though he briefly moved away from design and architecture to explore photography and film. His artistic work would soon be interrupted, however, by the outbreak of World War II, during which he served at the front before returning to Como in 1943. There, he resumed work as a designer and architect, founding two architecture groups: the Alta Quota and the Gruppo Como.

Through his creative circles, Parisi met Luisa Aiani, a former student of the prolific architect and furniture designer Gio Ponti, who was affiliated with the Alta Quota. They married in 1947 and founded the studio La Ruota — a cross between a design firm and an intellectual salon — in Como shortly thereafter. In 1950, Parisi finally completed his architectural schooling, studying under the nationalist architect Alberto Sartoris at the Athenaeum Architecture School in Lausanne, Switzerland. He and Aiani began several decades of sophisticated output, designing curved sofas upholstered in yellow velvet and armchairs with slender mahogany frames for enduring Italian manufacturers such as Cassina and others.

Much like Charles and Ray Eames in America, the Parisis worked as a team and relied on experimentation in style and material for many of their designs. Ico Parisi died in Como in 1996.

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