Rare and Beautiful Sculptural 'DU43' Lounge Chair by Gastone Rinaldi, Rima, 1953 For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 11 images

Rare and Beautiful Sculptural 'DU43' Lounge Chair by Gastone Rinaldi, Rima, 1953


Rare and beautiful sculptural DU43 by architect and designer Gastone Rinaldi (1920-2006) for RIMA(Padova),Italy 1953. Widely regarded as one of Rinaldi's pinnacle masterpieces, the 'DU43' was exhibited at last years 2015 museum exhibition on the designs by RIMA and Rinaldi in particular entitled 'RIMA: ricerca e stile' held in the magnificent rooms of the palace Cigola Fenaroli Valotti in Brescia . Please see image 3. A follow up book written by G & J Drago on Gastone Rinaldi's oeuvre entitled 'Gastone Rinaldi. designer alla RIMA' was published by Capitolum art in 2015. The 'DU43' shares a common sculptural language with other sculptural design masters such as Conti,Forlani and Grassi and Harry Bertoia as well as referencing sculptural luminaries such as Antoine Pevsner. This rare original example has been fully restored while keeping the original rubber shock mounts intact which were still in good vintage condition. Please see image 5 and 6. The steel wire frame has been sandblasted to remove rust accrued over the last 60 years and then re-powder coated in the original matching RAL black enamel . The rare and usually missing cushion has been reconstructed from original vintage archive photos and studying the example exhibited at the RIMA museum exhibition. It is finished in Kvadrat 'Hallingdal 65' fabric by Nana Ditzel which complements the scuptural grid of the main form of the chair. The rear face of the cushion is finished in tough grey canvas which is resistant to the wire structure. Rinaldi's talents as a designer were quickly noted and over the years he directly collaborated with a plethora of italian design icons such as Carlo Mollino,Gio Ponti ( with whom he co designed a couple of chairs for RIMA) ,Alberto Rosselli, Campo & Graffi, Ico Parisi, Ignazio Gardella,Ico Parisi,Marco Zanuso and Ettore Sottsass among others. Please read biography below for more details of these collaborations. Literature: 'Gastone Rinaldi. designer alla RIMA', pages 116,180 , G & J Drago, Capitolum art, Brescia 2015. Rivista Dell Arredamento, April 1955, page 16. Rivista Dell Arredamento, November 1956, Cover page and pages 2 & 3. Domus, August 1956, unpaginated, full page advert. 'Repertorio 1950-1980 page G. Gramigna, , Mondadori, 1985, page 76 please see image 10. Biography: Gastone Rinaldi was born in Padua on 16 November 1920. In 1916 his father Mario had established RIMA, a company for the production of metal furniture. Gastone enrolled in the Faculty of Economics, but he was passionate about design and sport (as a footballer, he went as far as playing with Cremona, , and as a racing car driver, he took part in the legendary Thousand Mile 'Mille Miglia' race). In 1948, together with his brother Giorgio, he took over from his father in managing the business. He met Gio Ponti and in 1950 he designed the chairs (DU10 and DU11) for the Hospital Section of the IX Milan Triennial. At the same Triennial, the DU9 chair was also presented. Domus published his creations regularly. In 1952, he attended the XXX Milano Fair in the section curated by Alberto Rosselli, Ettore Sottsass and Marco Zanuso. The armchairs for the Piccolo theatre of Milan followed, with Zanuso. In 1954, he won the Compasso d’Oro for the chair DU30. He participated with Ponti, Parisi, De Carli and Gardella in the American adventure of 'Altamira', one of the first companies across the Atlantic to call on Italian designers. He worked with Carlo Mollino on the chairs for the Molinette Hospital of Turin. In 1957, the armchair DU41 won the silver medal at the XI Triennial. However the internal relations within RIMA became complex and in 1974 Rinaldi established Thema. In 1978, he obtained a nomination for the Compasso d’Oro for the armchair Arianna and in 1981 another for the folding chair Dafne. Thema closed in 1989, Gastone Rinaldi died in Padua on 02 March 2006. . RIMA started as a small artisan company and later on it gained a prominent position among industries that helped define the IDEA of Italian interiors in the postwar era. In the early Fifties, the company was a leading brand. It quickly gained visibility thanks to quality products that were in line with a new aesthetic language. In addition it could count on the support that came from some of the leading names in design. Gio Ponti, Alberto Rosselli, Campo and Graffi, Franco Albini were some of the designers that were in contact with the RIMA studios, and they created some specific models, produced by the company in Padova, through close collaborations.          


  • Condition Details
    The scuptural form wire frame has been restored, rust proofed and re-powder coated in the original black enamel. The original vintage rubber shock mounts and housing are original and are still in good order. Cushion is reupholstered.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 32.49 in. x W 30.71 in. x D 25.99 in.H 82.5 cm x W 78 cm x D 66 cm
  • Seat Height
    14.18 in. (36 cm)
  • Seller Location
    bergen op zoom, NL
  • Reference Number
Buyer Protection Guaranteed
Our Promise To You: If you're not happy with the way an item arrived, we'll work with the seller on your behalf to ensure you're satisfied with the resolution. Read more

Delivery, Returns & Payment

  • Delivery
    Rates vary by destination and complexity

    Some items may require special handling and packaging. Request a shipping quote to see what options are available to your destination.

  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

    View details
  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

4.2 / 5
1stdibs seller since 2012
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
Pair of 'Elettra' Lounge Chairs by BBPR , Arfle...
Studio BBPR
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Fabric, Foam, Rubber, Steel, Plastic
Stunning and rare pair of original period 'Elettra' lounge chairs by the famous ground breaking architect studio partnership BBPR (Gianluigi Banfi (1910–1945), Lodovico Barbiano d...
Rare and Elegant 1956 '800' Lounge Chair By J....
Joseph-André Motte
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Brass, Nickel, Wood, Wool
Wonderful example of the rare and supremely elegant 1956 '800' series lounge chair by J.A. Motte for Steiner,France. One of Motte's rarer forms the 800 series chair cam in two versi...
Beautiful sculptural form 1950s italian chairs,...
Augusto Bozzi
Vintage 1950s Italian Chairs
Cotton, Linen, Steel, Wool
Stunning and super rare pair of 1950s sculptural form italian chairs. The complex sculptural form of the enamelled steel frame combined with its X form cross bracing detail closel...
Rare Triangel Sofa and two Lounge Chairs by Gel...
Vintage 1950s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Living Room Sets
Wool, Foam, Rubber, Beech, Steel
This very rare Triangel set was produced by Dutch high end furniture manufacturer Gelderland (founded in 1938) by Oberman 1958 (the year this Triangel model was introduced) was the ...
You May Also Like
Rare Gastone Rinaldi DU 30 Chair for RIMA
Gastone Rinaldi, RIMA
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
A rare Gastone Rinaldi 'DU 30' chair for RIMA, Italy with label. Made of a black tubular metal base with a yellow vinyl covered seat. This design was the winner of the Compasso d'o...
Lounge Chair by Gastone Rinaldi for RIMA
Gastone Rinaldi, RIMA
Vintage 1950s Italian Lounge Chairs
Remarkable lounge chair by Gastone Rinaldi for RIMA. Beautifully detailed metal frame, plywood shells and artificial leather covers.
Gastone Rinaldi Attributed Lounge Chairs by RIM...
Gastone Rinaldi, RIMA
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Faux Leather, Plastic
Gastone Rinaldi attributed lounge chairs manufactured by RIMA in the 1950s in Italy. They are still upholstered in their original black imitation leather which has aged beautiful wit...
Gastone Rinaldi, Mid-Century Modern Rare "du68"...
Gastone Rinaldi, RIMA
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Cane, Steel
Rare "du68" chair by Gastone Rinaldi for Rima in 1958.

Gastone Rinaldi Armchairs for Rima

By Gastone Rinaldi
$2,500 / set
Gastone Rinaldi Armchairs for Rima
Gastone Rinaldi, RIMA
20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Stainless Steel, Chrome
Rare pair of Gastone Rinaldi designed chairs for Rima of Italy. Very sexy chairs made from solid bar chrome plated steel.
Armchairs model "DU20" by Gastone Rinaldi/ Rima...
Gastone Rinaldi, RIMA
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Armchairs model "DU20" by Gastone Rinaldi/ Rima Padova Italy, 1953
Gastone Rinaldi for RIMA Lounge Chair with new ...
Gastone Rinaldi, RIMA
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Rare model lounge chair by Gastone Rinaldi that has been reupholstered with a beautiful Cowhide leather. The black lacquered metal base has signs of wear to the lacquer.
Very Rare "DU10" Chair by Gastone Rinaldi for R...
Gastone Rinaldi, RIMA
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Very rare "DU10" chair designed by Gastone Rinaldi for Rima in 1951. Black lacquered tubular metal structure, green faux leather upholstery, rubber elements. Good original vintage co...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries