Pair of 'Lambda' Chairs Designed by Marco Zanuso for Gavina, Italy For Sale
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Pair of 'Lambda' Chairs Designed by Marco Zanuso for Gavina, Italy

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Architect Marco Zanuso (1916-2001) was a leading component of Milan's post war generation of designers. Trained at Milan's Politecnico (where he later appointed as Professor), he was the editor of Domus (1947-1949) and Casabella (1952-1956) and became one of the main theoreticians of the Modern Design Movement, which had Milan as its epicenter. His interest for seating was already manifested in 1957, when he started a partnership with Richard Sapper. Together they designed a small, stackable child's chair in non-reinforced plastic, which was produced in 1961. In the early 1960s they were approached by the automobile industry, which commissioned them the design of a seat that would look stylish in the small Italian cars of the time. 'Lambda' was originally intended as a prototype for the car industry, a 'work in progress' as it were. It was quickly noticed by the great Dino Gavina (1922-2007), who produced it as a home furnishing in 1962. In a personal communication with Marco Zanuso's nephew I understood that it was never produced in large quantity, about 200 units in various colourways.

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  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
    CastMetal
  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    The ivory chair is unrestored and shows areas of rusting. The red chair has minuscule drops of colour touch-up on the seat and back, with a very small area of rusting.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Dimensions
    H 30.52 in. x W 18.9 in. x D 15.36 in.H 77.5 cm x W 48 cm x D 39 cm
  • Seat Height
    16.93 in. (43 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Milan, IT
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
    1407019549323
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