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Campanula Arm Chair by Pagani Partner of Gio Ponti & Lina Bo Bardi, 1952, Arflex

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Amazing restored 'Campanula' Carver Chair with beautiful tapered form brass legs by Italian architect Carlo Pagani (architectural partner of both Gio Ponti and Lina Bo Bardi) for Arflex, Italy, 1952. The Carver chair is a rare variant of the campanula model with armrests which traditionally were placed at the head and foot of a large dining table, the original 'campanula' carver chairs are almost never found today so this is an extremely rare opportunity to obtain one This chair is an early examples identified by its artisan crafted solid wood frames and the 'Arflex' manufacturer's label which we managed to save from the original upholstery and have put back onto the new fabric Restoration details: This chair has had its upholstery completely restored in our upholstery shop , stripping it right back to its bare wood frame and then applying new high quality rubber seat and backrest support webbing by the original Italian manufacturer 'Pirelli', then new Pantera foam has been applied throughout replacing the old, dry and crumbling original foam and finally the chairs have been finished in a new elegant bright yellow top quality Mohair velvet fabric. The beautiful elegant tapered form brass legs have been sympathetically and lightly hand polished and may still exhibit some small signs of user wear commensurate with originality age and use. We did not want to machine polish the legs as it can take away at lot of the original vintage appeal. Carlo Pagani worked in the offices of Gio Ponti and collaborated and partnered Gio Ponti on several important projects which were documented in the Italian design journals of the period such as the August 1940 issue of Domus. In 1940, see scan attached in the photo section, Carlo Pagani started up his own architectural practice "Studio Bo and Pagani" in Via Gesu , Milan in partnership with modernist icon Lina Bo Bardi . In 1943 Pagani and Linda Bo became joint deputy editors of the famous Domus and Quaderni di Domus design periodicals until the magazines suspension in January 1945. In 1945 Domus commissioned Carlo Pagani and Lina Bo with photographer Federico Patellani to document and evaluate the situation of the destroyed country. Lina Bo, Pagani and Bruno Zevi then established the weekly magazine A – Attualità, Architettura, Abitazione, Literature illustratng the 'campanula' chair:- 'ARFLEX 51-81', page 16, Daniele Baroni, A Lucini e C, Milan, 1981 Original 'Arflex' manufacturers catalog dated 1957 illustrates a red example of the rare 'carver' variant of the 'campanula' dining chair with armrests . Please see photo of red chair in the photos attached. 'Domus', APRIL 1954, unpaginated Repertorio 1950-1980', page 71 Gramigna, 1985, (see black and white photo with 1952 date) ”New furniture” fig 126, page 42, Hatje, 1952.
  • Creator:
    Carlo Pagani (Designer),Arflex (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 33.86 in (86 cm)Width: 24.02 in (61 cm)Depth: 25.99 in (66 cm)Seat Height: 18.9 in (48 cm)
  • Style:
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1952
  • Condition:
    Rewoven. Reupholstered. Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. Please refer to the "restoration details" section of my description which detaiils the restoration process that has been undertaken on these chairs .,The new cotton velvet fabric is 'ZInc Jensen Moonbeam'.
  • Seller Location:
    bergen op zoom, NL
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU930139772852
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