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Midcentury White Lounge Chair "Moby Dick" by Alberto Rosselli for Saporiti, 1969

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Alberto Rosselli "Moby Dick" rare lounge chair manufactured by Saporiti in Besnate, Italy, circa 1969 Molded fiberglass-reinforced polyester, Sinuous lines like a white whale they follow one another softly between the backrest and the seat, creating a comfortable armchair, both for outdoor and indoor use. BIO: Alberto Rosselli, co-founder of the Association for Industrial Design, was an Italian architect and designer. He was considered the “innovator” of architecture, as Rosselli was the pioneer and one of the primary architects to emphasize the idea of industrial design. In 1947, Rosselli graduated from Milan Polytechnic University, with a degree in architecture. Soon after, Rosselli became the pioneer of Industrial Design, where he proposed new teaching and guided techniques about different methodological principles the concept and process of “decision-making” in design was identified by Roselli, which he later introduced to the faculty of architecture in the University of Milan. Alberto Rosselli was aware that his design actions were involved with the reconstruction of Italy. For that, he decided to design furniture pieces that could be modern, simple, and especially affordable. Rosselli was inspired by the work of Gio Ponti and considered Ponti his ‘father’, a role model, and a figure he found to follow and study. In the 1950s, he began to work with him (Gio Ponti), and Antonio Fornaroli in Milan. Together they founded Ponti Fornaroli Rosselli (P.F.R) Studio, where he collaborated from 1951, until he passed away in March 7, 1976. During his time in P.F.R., precisely in 1954, he was involved in the planning of the Pirelli Tower; this was his first architectural project. Rosselli was considered a role model in the University of Milan for his constant drive for innovation and design. Unfortunately, in 1987, after he had passed away, Rosselli was awarded with his second Compasso d’Oro for his Postmodern design. These designs where done between the 1950s-late 1970s, and involved everyday items, such as furniture pieces, electrical appliances, and clocks. He lived to become the key figure of the Italian design industry of the 20th century.

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