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Iconic Knoll International Malitte Lounge Sectional Set by Roberto Matta, 1966

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Iconic Knoll International Malitte seating sectional set by Roberto Matta, 1960. Roberto Sebastian Matta, who initially trained as an architect in his native Santiago, is best known as an abstract Expressionist and surrealist painter. After completing his studies and moving to Paris, he worked briefly in the studio of famed architect Le Corbusier. His interests soon moved towards painting and he joined the circles of Salvador Dali, André Breton, and René Magritte. Matta later met Dino Gavina, who invited the painter to design a piece of furniture for Gavina SpA. The resulting Malitte Lounge (1966) was a playful collection of polyurethane shapes that could be stacked into a “wall” or used as individual lounge pieces. When Knoll acquired Gavina two years later, the Malitte Lounge was one of the designs chosen to be kept for the Knoll product line. The Malitte Lounge is in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art (photos 5, 6 & 7) and is an icon of Mid-Century Modern design. This is the original 1960s production with original felted wool textile. It is not the 1980s Knoll re-edition which featured nylon upholstery nor is it a more recent non-Knoll “knock off” versions. Measures: Overall: 63 x 63 x 25" (160 x 160 x 63.5 cm) a: 19 1/2 x 63 x 25" (49.5 x 160 x 63.5 cm) b: 37 x 34 x 25" (94 x 86.4 x 63.5 cm) c: 47 3/4 x 26 1/4 x 25" (121.3 x 66.7 x 63.5 cm) d: 32 x 49 1/2 x 25" (81.3 x 125.7 x 63.5 cm) e: 17 x 25 x 25" (43.2 x 63.5 x 63.5 cm).


  • Creator
    Knoll (Maker),Gavina (Maker),Roberto Matta (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 43 in. (109.22 cm)Width: 63 in. (160.02 cm)Depth: 25 in. (63.5 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 5
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Textile is original 1960’s wool. Remains intact and in decent condition for age. Has some signs of age and wear including a few snags, some looseness, some light marks, etc. Selling in its original condition with all original parts.
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4190321449682

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About Roberto Matta (Artist)

“The function of art,” the Surrealist Roberto Matta (1911–2002) once stated, “is to unveil the enormous economic, cultural and emotional forces that materially interact in our lives and that constitute the real space in which we live.” In his paintings, Matta sought to expose those forces through the Surrealist practice of automatism, creating work in a free-associative state intended to conjure the unconscious.

After studying architecture in his native Chile, Matta, then 22, chose to pursue the field in Paris, where he mingled with stars of the avant-garde like Gertrude Stein, Salvador Dalí and Walter Gropius. In the late 1930s, he abandoned Paris, together with his job at Le Corbusier’s studio and (for a time) his career, for modern art’s new epicenter, New York City. There, he became a colleague of art legends like Marcel Duchamp and Arshile Gorky.

Although celebrated primarily for his work as a painter, Matta was an equally talented furniture designer. His furniture pieces, like his artworks, are the stuff of dreams. The back of his totem chair, for example, is composed of smiling, cartoonish creatures stacked on top of each other. In his MAgriTTA armchair, the top half of a plush green apple sticks out of large black bowler in homage to its namesake, the Belgian Surrealist René Magritte.

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