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

$16,000

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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 chairs are finished in new 'Musco' , color code '00 / 01' fabric by high quality Dutch manufacturer 'DE PLOEG' UPDATE we have just finished restoring a superb and extremely rare Zanuso four seat elliptical 'triennale' sofa also dating from 1951 , the four seat option is extrenely rare and importantly is finished in matching color 'Musco' color code 00/01 , 100% mohair pile fabric by 'DE PLOEG' so a wonderful complete 1951 Zanuso lounge set is available please check item # LU930118557812 for availability. We also have the stunning matching elliptical marble coffee table with elegant brass base by Michel Kin for Arflex, please see item # LU930118480562. Zanuso's 'lady' chair, 'triennale' sofa and Michel Kin's marble coffee table were often photographed together in original period Arflex catalogs and advertisements. Please see IMAGE 15 . 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made from solid wood which command a premium in the collector market, these early artisan made wood frames were quickly superseded .after only a couple of years.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 'Musco' , color code ' 01 / 00' 100% mohair pile fabric by high quality Dutch manufacturer DE PLOEG 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 17-20.       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 16) '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.

Details

  • Creator
    Marco Zanuso (Designer)
  • Design
    Lady ArmchairLady Series
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32.29 in (82 cm)Width: 31.5 in (80 cm)Depth: 32.29 in (82 cm)Seat Height: 14.18 in (36 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1951
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use. 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.
  • Seller Location
    bergen op zoom, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU930112205953

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    Ships From: bergen op zoom, Netherlands
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About the Design

Lady Armchair

Designed by Marco Zanuso
While the scoop-like form of the Lady armchair, designed in 1951 by Italian architect and furniture maker Marco Zanuso (1916–2001), might not be the most visually arresting chair on the auction block today, it’s one of the classic pieces of mid-century modern furniture and was quite revolutionary for its time. Like many designers of the day, Zanuso was fascinated with new materials like polyurethane foam and elastic tape. In the 1940s, he began experimenting with them through a collaboration with Italian manufacturer Arflex that would endure for years. For the Arflex line, Zanuso designed not only the Lady armchair — which won the gold medal at the Milan Triennale the year of its debut — but also the 1949 Antropus chair and the 1951 Sleep-o-matic sofa. While these works were radical for their materials, their construction methods were also groundbreaking. The Lady armchair, for instance, was manufactured in pieces and assembled at the very end of the production process, whereas traditional furniture was more frequently constructed as a whole. Zanuso spent his entire career creating a new definition of modernism through his works and his words. He studied architecture at the Polytechnic University of Milan with some of the country’s most forward-thinking designers, opened his own firm in 1945 and even served as the editor of design magazines Domus and Casabella, sharing his philosophy of modern design in their pages. He certainly succeeded in creating a lasting impact on the design world, particularly through pieces like the Lady armchair. It’s manufactured today by Cassina. 
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