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Beautiful Ico Parisi '856' Leather Lounge Chairs, Cassina, 1957

$12,500per set

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Lovely and important pair of original 1957 Ico Parisi “856” lounge chairs finished in high quality leather, manufactured by Cassina, Meda (Milan), Italy. .This distinctive design was chosen by the Parisi’s for use in their own “Studio la Ruota” studio (as published in Domus December 1961 page 45), please see image number 4. Beautiful design with sculptural form super lightweight bent chromed steel frame with solid italian walnut transverse bracing elements, The seats have just been reupholstered in stunning brown leather, we have photos of the chairs prior to reupholstery to prove the originality of these rare chairs, please see last two images which illustrate these chairs in their original, as found.condition, with water stained fabric upholstery. The original upholstery was too far gone to be salvageable so we decided to upgarde the upholstery to the specification of the original leather option as documented in an original oeriod Cassina advertisment as well as several articles in important italian journals from the original period such as 'Domus' and 'Rivista dell arredamento' , please see images 4, and 11 . We decided to leave the chromed steel structure and italian walnut wood elements as they were ie unrestored to leave some signs of original vintage patina , they are in good condition but obviously exhibit some signs of wear commensurate with age and use but we feel it is important to leave these signs of age. We guarantee 100% that these are authentic original vintage examples . This classic Parisi design was initially exhibited in the famous exhibition “Colori e forme nella casa d’oggi,” Como, Italy in 1957, this groundbreaking design exhibition was covered in Domus October 1957, the chairs are illustrated on pages 34-5. A great elegant alternative to Mies van der Rohe's 'Barcelona' chair. Exhibitions : 'Colori e forme nella casa d’oggi” , Como, Italy, 1957. LITERATURE:- Domus October 1957, pages 34-5 (article on the exhibition “Colori e forme nella casa d’oggi”,Como 1957) Domus, February 1958 pg 48-9 Rivista dell Arredamanto, May 1958, original advert, unpaginated Domus,November 1958, unpaginated (original full page cassina advertisement) ‘Rivista Dell Arredamento’, May 1960 COVER PAGE , illustrating this model in the same specification of caramel buttoned leather plus detail view of rear of chairs) Domus, December 1961 page 45, illustrates this model in situ in Ico and Luisa Parisi’s “studio la ruota” Rivista Dell Arredamento , number 91, 1962 Ico Parisi & architecture, Gualdoni,Nuova Alfa editore ,1990 pg 209 “Il mobile Italiano degli anni 40 e 50” De Guttry and Maino, pg 226, fig 35 and fig 36 Repertorio 50-80, Gramigna, 1985, page 117 “Made in Cassina”, Giampiero Bosoni, Skira, page 178

Details

  • Creator
    Ico Parisi (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29.93 in. (76 cm)Width: 27.17 in. (69 cm)Depth: 29.53 in. (75 cm)Seat Height: 16.54 in. (42 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1957
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. These chairs have been re-upholstered with the finest natural leather, the chromed steel has very minor chrome loss on the legs and some areas of light pitting consistent with age and use, we felt it important to maintain some visual signs of age.
  • Seller Location
    bergen op zoom, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU93019636901

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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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