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


Lovely and important pair of original 1957 Ico Parisi “856” lounge chairs finished in high quality leather, manufactured by Cassina, Meda (Milan), Italy. Beautiful design with sculptural form super lightweight bent chromed steel frame with solid rosewood 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. The original chromed steel structure and rosewood elements have been left as original and are in good condition but obviously exhibit some signs of wear commensurate with age and use. This 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. .This distinctive design was also chosen by the Parisi’s for use in their own “Studio la Ruota” studio (as published in Domus December 1961 page 45). Exhibitions : 'Colori e forme nella casa d’oggi” , Como, Italy, 1957. “LUISA and Ico Parisi”,curated by Westermeier and Winter, Berlin 12 December – 24 January 2008. Literature:- 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. 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 (please see image 2). Domus,November 1958, unpaginated (original full page Cassina advertisement). Domus, December 1961 page 45, illustrates this model in situ in Ico and Luisa Parisi’s “studio la ruota.” “LUISA and Ico Parisi”,curated by Westermeier and Winter,Berlin 2008 , exhibition catalogue fig 15, pg 21.


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  • Condition
    Good. These chairs have been re-upholstered with the finest natural leather, the chromed steel has minor chrome loss on the legs and some areas of light pitting consistent with age and use,please see image 4, kept original to preserve the authenticity.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Dimensions

    H 29.93 in. x W 27.17 in. x D 29.53 in.

    H 76 cm x W 69 cm x D 75 cm

  • Seat height
    16.54 in. (42 cm)
  • Seller location
    bergen op zoom, NL
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
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