"Capitello" Chairs by Studio 65

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The "Capitello" became an international cult object in 1972 with the landmark MOMA exhibition, "Italy : The New Domestic Landscape". An early peek at what would come to be called Post-Modernism, the "Capitello" chair was designed by the extraordinarily witty Piero Gilardi and Studio 65 and manufactured by the company Gufram, in Turin, Italy.

A masterpiece of Pop Art, the "Capitello" is both a serious piece of sculpture and a sophisticated joke. Thus the top of a Classical Greek column is taken entirely out of context to be used as a chair, while the seemingly hard and cold surface is in fact very soft and flexible. It looks like weathered stone, until you sink into it.

Original, early examples of the "Capitello" -- made in soft, membrane-covered foam (as opposed to the hard plastic reissues of more recent production) -- are now very rare indeed. I have two available for sale. One is in very good condition, the other needs some restoration.

The pair of "Capitello" chairs is priced at $9,000. Also available individually, at $6000 for the better example, and $3000 for the one in need of restoration.


    Date of Manufacture
    Excellent. Some wear, none of it objectionable. .
    Wear consistent with age and use
    31.5 in. H x 43 in. W x 44 in. D
    80 cm H x 109 cm W x 112 cm D
    Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Reference Number
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