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Zanuso 'Martingala' Lounge Chairs,Arflex, 1954 Upholstery Fully Restored, Signed


Lovely pair of restored 'Martingala' lounge chairs designed by Marco Zanuso in 1954, for Arflex Italy. These chairs feature elegant brass legs and completely restored upholstery, we managed to save the original, early production period, Arflex fabric labels from the original worn out fabric and have resewn them onto the new fabric in their original position under the seat. These chairs have undergone a thorough and complete upholstery restoration, beginning with stripping them right back to their bare metal frames and installing new high quality rubber support webbing throughout by the original manufacturer Pirelli. We then applied new expensive and high quality latex foam again as per the original specification. Latex upholstery foam is hard to find today and very expensive but has significant benefits as it lasts longer and breathes naturally so has additional health benefits too. These chairs have been finished in high quality Danish, Kvadrat 'Outback 221', fabric designed by Giulio Ridolfo which has the right amount of stretch to fit the form while maintaining the original Mid-Century tecture and appearance. The brass legs have been hand polished. We have photographic documentation of the entire re-upholstery process including the chairs in their original fabric. Photos of the restoration process are available on request to seriously interested clients. The Martingala lounge chair was first presented at the 1954, 10th 'Triennale' Design exhibition in Milan and made the cover of the November 1954 issue of Domus, The 'martingdale' on the back of the chair stressed the fact that the cover could be removed. Literature: 'L'ARREDAMENTO MODERNO'. fig 262-3, Aloi, Hoepli, 1955 'Arflex 51-81', page 18, Baroni, A Lucini & C, 1981 (please see image 10) REPERTORIO 1950-80' page 81, Gramigna, Mondadori ,1985 Domus (cover page), November 1954 Domus , April 1955, unpaginated


  • Period
  • Materials and techniques
  • Condition
    Good. The upholstery on both chairs has been fully restored including new original specification Pirelli rubber webbing throughout, new expensive,high quality original specification LATEX foam & high quality Danish KVADRAT fabric..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 32.68 in. x W 31.5 in. x D 35.44 in.

    H 83 cm x W 80 cm x D 90 cm

  • Seat height
    16.54 in. (42 cm)
  • Seller location
    bergen op zoom, NL
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference number

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