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Vico Magistretti Maralunga Sofas for Cassina in Leather

$9,500Asking Price

About

A pair of international iconic sofas with warm, inviting shapes. The back extends upwards to form a head-rest. The smooth, padded style amplifies the sofa’s comfort quotient. The Maralunga has an adjustable-height head-rest, achieved by means of a bicycle chain embedded in the foam cushions. This avant-garde mechanism, patented by Cassina, makes the back cushion unfold and move upwards, to form a head-rest. Very stylish and comfortable. Sold as a pair.

Details

  • Creator
    Vico Magistretti (Designer),Cassina (Manufacturer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 31.5 in. (80.01 cm)Width: 68 in. (172.72 cm)Depth: 38 in. (96.52 cm)Seat Height: 17.75 in. (45.09 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1970
  • Condition
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. The leather has been professionally re-dyed to the original color.
  • Seller Location
    Dallas, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU878521914702

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    Ships From: Dallas, TX
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About the Design

Maralunga Sofa

Designed by Vico Magistretti
While origin stories behind the world’s timeless designs vary widely, the story of the Maralunga sofa is one of the best in design lore: As legend has it, when Cassina founder Cesare Cassina first saw the prototype for the piece in the mid-1970s by Italian furniture designer Vico Magistretti (1920–2006), he was so disgusted by it that he punched it, breaking the back of the sofa, which crumbled over itself . . . into the shape the piece would eventually take. (“Right, great, it looks perfect to me like that,” Magistretti allegedly responded.) Whether it was his accidental adjustment or further consideration of the design, Cassina clearly came around: His company debuted Magistretti’s design in 1973. The Maralunga is characterized by what looks like a slumped backrest but is really an adjustable-height headrest, moved by way of a bicycle chain that runs underneath its plush foam cushions. The effect is a sofa that serves two functions: It’s both a backdrop for social conversation and a setting for solo relaxation. “My intention with Maralunga was to design an object that represented a whole range of interior architecture with a familiar feel,” Magistretti said of the design. “Two positions, two possible uses, two different ways to create your own personal space inside a room.” While the Maralunga’s boxy shape is pure ’70s, the sofa holds its own in a range of interiors and remains popular today. Cassina now produces it in a variety of upholstery options and, in 2014, enlisted a slew of designers to reinterpret it in celebration of its 40th anniversary.
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