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Restored Early Production Wood Frame Zanuso 'Lady' Chairs, 1951, Mohair Fabric

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Superb pair of fully restored, very early production wood frame 'Lady' lounge chairs designed by Italian architect Marco Zanuso for Arflex, Italy in 1951. The very early production 'lady' chairs, such as these fine examples, are recognised by their artisan crafted seat and backrest frames made from solid wood which command a premium in the collector market, these early artisan made wood frames were quickly superseded .after only a couple of years. by welded pressed steel frames which were far more economical to produce, these production details are fully documented on page 8 of Baroni's 1981 bible on the history of Arflex 'Arflex 51-81' We can provide a copy of the relevant page which documents this production detail to the buyer. The chairs are signed with the early original Arflex labels which we managed to retain from the original old worn out upholstery during the restoration process. Both chairs have undergone a full ground up restoration, starting by stripping them right back to their bare wood frames. They have been lovingly reupholstered in beautiful 100% mohair fabric including new rubber seat and backrest support webbing by the original manufacturer 'Pirelli' and new expensive and hard to find latex foam throughout again as per the original specification. The brass legs have been hand polished. We have have not repainted the grey enameled steel leg support frame on the underside of the chair .onto which the brass legs attach in order to keep some visual aspects of authentic age and originality intact, there are small areas of enamel loss but these are out of sight underneath the seat. We have kept full photographic documentation of the restoration process including photos of the stripped bare wood frames before reupholstery as proof,(a few photo's of the restoration process are included in the images including photos of the chairs prior to restoration then stripped right back to their bare wood frames and fitting the new 'Pirelli' rubber webbing to the wood frames, PLEASE SEE IMAGES 16-20.       The 'lady' chair won the Gold Medal prize at the 1951 'IX Triennale' international design exhibition in Milan (please see collage photo 14 ) and the entire cover page of Domus' January 1953 issue was devoted to Zanuso's 'Lady' and 'Senior' chairs. PLEASE SEE IMAGE 15. The 'Lady' armchair was amongst the very first to exploit the aesthetic possibilities made available by Pirelli's new foam rubber and elastic products . The new materials' potential to create soft curves and lightness made it ideal for translating the modern streamlined aesthetic into comfortable seating. Literature: 'Arflex 51-81', pages 8,9,10, D.Baroni, A.Lucini & C, Milan, 1981 Domus, January 1953, Cover page. (please see IMAGE 15) 'Il Mobile Italiano Degli Anni '40 e '50', de Guttry and Maino, pg. 282 'Repertorio 1950-1980', Gramigna, pg. 65 'Italienischer mobeldesign, klassiker 1945-1985', Albrecht Bangert, pg 94 'Italian design 1870 to the present', Penny Sparke, pg 110.

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  • Condition Details
    These chairs have been fully restored, stripping the chairs right back to their bare wood frames and then building back up with new foam,new 'Pirelli' seat support webbing and new 100% mohair fabric. The legs have been lightly hand polished.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 32.29 in. x W 31.5 in. x D 32.29 in.H 82 cm x W 80 cm x D 82 cm
  • Seat Height
    14.18 in. (36 cm)
  • Seller Location
    bergen op zoom, NL
  • Reference Number
    LU930112205953
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