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Pair of Marco Zanuso 'Milord ' Loveseats in Mohair Velvet, 1957, Arflex Italy

$18,000 per set


Lovely pair of restored 'Milord' loveseats by Marco Zanuso for Arflex,Italy finished in Mohair fabric with mahogany veneer side panels. Both chairs are signed with original early fabric 'Arflex' manufacturer's labels. Zanuso's presitgious 'Milord' seating series was first unveiled at the prestigious 1957 ' IX Triennale' design exhibition in Milan, please refer to the black and white photos in IMAGE 2 which document this exhibition . This model proved to be incredibly popular with both architects and design journalists of the time and featured twice on the front cover of the prestigious design magazine 'Rivista dell Arredamento' in both August and November 1961 . Please refer to Bibliography below. The upholstery on these chairs has been fully restored including new foam throughout (latex and pantera) and new high quality 'Pirelli' rubber seat support webbing all as per the original manufacturer's specification. The chairs are finished in beautful 'Musco' (color code 01/00) mohair fabric by the Dutch company 'DE PLOEG'. The Mahogany veneered side panels have also been sensitively refurbished in line with maintaining the chair's vintage authenticity . These chairs have high quality solid birchwood frames. LITERATURE : 'RIVISTA DELL ARREDAMENTO' , October 1957, pg 20 ( documents the 'Milord series' unveiling at the 1957 IX 'triennale' exhibition. 'RIVISTA DELL ARREDAMENTO' number 80, August 1961 COVER PAGE 'RIVISTA DELL ARREDAMENTO' number 83, November 1961 COVER PAGE 'RIVISTA DELL ARREDAMENTO' mumber 84, December 1961 pages 10-11 'DOMUS' October 1962, page 41 . Please refer to LAST IMAGE 'RIVISTA DELL ARREDAMENTO' number 106, Octiber 1963, Arflex advert unpaginated 'ARFLEX 51 - 81 ' Baroni, 1981, page 20, figs 6 & 7 EXHIBITIONS: 1957 ' IX TRIENALLE' , MILAN.


  • Creator
    Marco Zanuso (Designer),Arflex (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 31.5 in. (80 cm)Width: 53.75 in. (136.5 cm)Depth: 33.86 in. (86 cm)Seat Height: 17.33 in. (44 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Circa 1960
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Refinished. Rewoven. Wear consistent with age and use. The wood side panels have been sensitively refurbished with respect to still maintaining their authentic vintage patina, The underlying upholstery has been fully restored with all original and authentic materials and finished in new mohair fabric.
  • Seller Location
    bergen op zoom, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU930113688981

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About the Designer

Marco Zanuso

Italian designer Marco Zanuso helped cement his country’s place as a world leader in furniture design that used new materials in revolutionary ways.

Zanuso was part of a generation of furniture designers who encouraged a sharp departure from the traditionalism and classicalism that reigned over the design industry before the war. These designers, who are associated with what we now call mid-century modernism, experimented with new technologies and materials to deliver on the world’s newfound need for streamlined products that represented the future.

After graduating from the Polytechnic University of Milan in 1939 with a degree in architecture, Zanuso served in the Navy during World War II. Soon after the war, he opened his own design firm in Milan in 1945. He later became an editor at well-regarded design magazines Domus and Casabella. He used this editorial platform to both promote new Italian designs as well as his own pieces, some of which he made using unconventional materials like foam and latex. For instance, his famous Lady armchair from 1951 is a composition of foam rubber and Nastro Cord, a recently invented textile band of rubberized fabric that eliminated the need for metal springs. It was one of several pieces he designed for Italian manufacturer Arflex, along with the 1949 Antropus chair and the 1951 Sleep-o-matic sofa.

Zanuso often collaborated with other like-minded creatives. From 1955 until 1957, he was Olivetti’s architect, designing factories across Brazil, and for nearly two decades, he collaborated with German designer Richard Sapper. The pair’s most famous product is the 4999 children’s chair, manufactured in the 1960s by Kartell in Italy. The stackable chair was the first to be manufactured entirely of injection-molded plastic. Zanuso and Sapper also partnered on the 1962 Brionvega Doney 14, the first European-made portable transistor TV; its sleek, compact and curvy form deeply influenced the design of television sets that followed, which were far more sculptural in form than the rigid boxes that characterized early models.

From the 1970s onward, Zanuso taught architecture and industrial design at the Polytechnic University of Milan. He still exercised his creative talents, planning the headquarters for computer companies and renovating Italian theaters.

Each of Zanuso’s elegant works were demonstrative of a forward-looking sensibility. His projects saw an integration of novel industrial materials that not only helped emphasize the beauty of good design but also played a role in rendering these well-made products accessible to everyday consumers.

On 1stDibs, find a collection of vintage Marco Zanuso furniture, including armchairs, sofas, table lamps and other items.

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