Superb Restored Zanuso 'Lady' Chairs, 1951, Early Wood Frames, Original Labels

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Superb pair of fully restored iconic 'Lady' lounge chairs designed by Italian architect Marco Zanuso for Arflex, Italy in 1951. Importantly these are very early examples from the very first few years of production which are recognised by their artisan made wood frames which command a premium in the collector market, these early artisan made wood frames were quickly superseded by welded pressed steel frames which were far more economical to produce, this production detail is fully documented in Baroni's 1981 bible on the history of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. We have full photographic documentation of the restoration process including photos of the stripped bare wood frames before reupholstery as proof.

This pair is signed with the early original fabric Arflex labels which we saved from the original upholstery during the restoration process. These chairs have undergone a full ground up restoration, starting by stripping both chairs right back to their bare frames. They have been lovingly reupholstered in beautiful Danish Kvadrat 'Hallingdall 65' wool fabric designed by Nanna Ditzel including completely new Pirelli rubber webbing and expensive latex foam rubber as per the original specification.

The 'lady' chair won the Gold Medal prize at the 1951 'IX Triennale' international design exhibition in Milan and the entire cover page of Domus' January 1953 issue was devoted to Zanuso's 'Lady' and 'Senior' chairs.

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.


'Arflex 51-81', pages 8,9,10, D.Baroni, A.Lucini & C, Milan, 1981

Domus, January 1953, Cover page.

'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.
Marco Zanuso (Designer)
Of the Period
Mid-Century Modern
Place of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Materials and Techniques
Enameled   Steel
Good. Upholstery completely restored,including new Pirelli rubber support webbing, new expensive and hard to find latex foam throughout and finished in new high quality Danish 'Hallingdal 65' fabric by Nana Ditzel..Brass legs hand polished..
Wear consistent with age and use
32.28 in. H x 31.5 in. W x 32.28 in. D
82 cm H x 80 cm W x 82 cm D
Seat Height
14.17 in. (36 cm)
Dealer Location
bergen op zoom, Netherlands
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