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Pair of Midcentury Lounge Chairs with Metal Legs by Nino Zoncada, Italy, 1950s

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The postwar boom years of the 1950s through to the 1960s were one of the periods of greatest influence of Italian designers. Design in the 50s paved a way to a more aesthetical approach to products as opposed to its utilitarian predecessors, resulting in exceptional pieces like these lounge chairs. Giovanni “Nino” Zoncada was an Italian furniture designer who worked extensively designing furniture and interiors for luxury ships. In the late 1940s, Zoncada collaborated with Gio Ponti in the interior design of the cruise liners Conte Biancamano and Conte Grande. Among his most famous furniture designs are his iconic and richly upholstered lounge chairs with relatively high and curved armrests, including these models. These lounge chairs combine a luxurious fabric with a metal, brass plated lower structure. The resulting look expresses Italian modernism at its core, preserving the timeless elegance that defines the country’s design. The newly available production techniques and materials like plastic and metal introduced vibrant, colourful effects instead of the traditional wood and fabrics combination used before. As such, these armchairs have a sculptural, “free” look dictated by the shape of the backs and arms. The characteristic shape of the arms sets the tone of the overall look, creating dynamism. The interesting angles are also present on the seats and backs, ensuring great sitting and lounging comfort. The lower, brass plated steel structures contrast beautifully with the rich texture of the upholstery, with the stretchers following the curves of the seats. The thin, splayed legs are straight and so are the stretchers connecting the sides. This result is a greatly balanced design that utilizes straight lines just as much as it does the curved ones. From all angles, these lounge chairs offer beautiful textures and eye-catching forms, combining Italian elegance and modern aesthetics resulting in a timeless look which is full of modern energy that will endure for generations. This is also thanks to their exceptional visual quality and uncompromising level of craftsmanship. Condition: In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. Some stains on the metal legs. The chairs have been reupholstered recently in a premium fabric. Each of our items can be reupholstered by our in-house atelier in a fabric of choice. Please reach out for more information. Dimensions: 27.16 in W x 31.69 in D x 32.67 in H; Seat height 16.92 in; Arm height 21.25 in 69 cm W x 80.5 cm D x 83 cm H; Seat height 43 cm; Arm height 54 cm Shipping: These lounge chairs will be packed and shipped with the greatest care to make sure you will receive the items in gallery condition.
  • Creator:
    Nino Zoncada (Designer)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 32.68 in (83 cm)Width: 27.17 in (69 cm)Depth: 31.7 in (80.5 cm)Seat Height: 16.93 in (43 cm)
  • Sold As:
    Set of 2
  • Style:
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1950s
  • Condition:
    Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use. Some stains on the metal legs. The chairs have been reupholstered recently in a premium fabric. Each of our items can be reupholstered by our in-house atelier in a fabric of choice. Please reach out for more information.
  • Seller Location:
    Utrecht, NL
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: 202316021stDibs: LU2947334449532
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