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Italian Mid-Century 'Sleep-o-Matic" Sofa in Leather by Marco Zanuso for Arflex

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An Important Italian Midcentury Modern 'Sleep-o-Matic" model sofa / couch in Tan Calf Leather by Marco Zanuso for Arflex, 1951. The divan / canape is composed of a metal structure, solid brass legs, foam rubber back and upholstered in stitched leather. The seat cushion is mounted on a track allowing it pull away from the back and create a single bed. This rare piece was one of the first multi-purpose, compact-able sofas and influenced the designs of other designers and manufacturers worldwide. Furthermore, it was rare for Zanuso pieces to be covered in an expensive leather. Marco Zanuso (1916-2001) was a professor of architecture in Milano was one of bright stars of Italian design during the post-war period that saw Italy resume its place in the design world. Exhibited: Triennale di Milano in 1951 and awarded with the gold medal. Literature: Repertorio, G.Gramigna. Additional References: Gio Ponti, Ico Parisi, Osvaldo Borsani, Fontana Arte, Max Ingrand, Mario Bellini, Afra and Tobia Scarpa, Piero Lissoni, Senior Chairs, Lady Chairs, Triennale Sofa.
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