Superb Zanuso 'Lady' Chairs, 1951, Early Wood Frames with 1st edition ottoman

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Superb pair of fully restored, very early production 'wood frame' 'Lady' lounge chairs with matching super rare early edition ottoman designed by Italian architect Marco Zanuso for Arflex, Italy in 1951.

These 'lady' chairs 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made wood frames which command a premium in the collector market, these early artisan made wood frames were quickly superseded by welded pressed steel frames which were far more economical to produce, this production detail is fully documented in Baroni's 1981 bible on the history of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', The matching very early edition ottoman is recognised by its square profile seat with flat underside and is documented on page 38 of the October 1959 issue of 'Rivista dell arredamento', PLEASE SEE IMAGE 2.

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.

The pair of 'lady' chairs are signed with the early original fabric Arflex labels which we saved from the original upholstery during the restoration process. The chairs and ottoman have undergone a full ground up restoration, starting by stripping them 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 Dimensions of the chairs are listed in the dimensions section of the listing.

The Dimensions of the rare ottoman are:

Length 23.6 " (60 cm) Long X 19.68 " (50 cm) Deep X 15.35 " (39cm) High

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.


'Rivista Dell Arredamento'. October 1959, page 38. PLEASE SEE IMAGE 2


  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
    Enameled   Steel
  • Condition
    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
    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)
  • Seller Location
    bergen op zoom, Netherlands
  • Number of Items
  • Reference Number
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