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Rare Otto Zapf 'Softline' Wall-Mounted Cabinets in Red and Black for Zapfdesign

$8,450

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Otto Zapf for Zapfdesign 'Softline' red and black cabinets, plastic, Germany, 1969 Set of three detachable 'Softline' wall cabinets in red and black designed by the German designer Otto Zapf. Zippers and press studs form the connections and allow a maximum in flexibility. Frames and plastic sheets coated with lacquer foil in off-white forn an interesting composition. With the choice of material in a bright color and the smooth lines Otto Zapf hit the zeitgeist of the late 1960s/early 1970s. ‘Softline’ resembles the characteristics of Pop Art and Space Age and follows the idea of modular living and working areas. Zapf uses an experimental material and combines it with an uncommon way of construction, marking himself as an avant-garde designer. The ‘Softline’ series is supposed to be installed on location. The modular elements can be easily detached and take minimum transport space. The avant-garde ‘Softline’ series by Otto Zapf was designed in 1969 and gained international attention when presented for the first time. The functional clothing in bright colors and smart closing mechanisms with press studs and zippers, gave Zapf the idea to create a series that reinterpreted his experience during a ski trip. Following the three principles of modularity, functionality and flexibility Zapf designed a revolutionary furnishing line consisting of a wall unit, shelf, room divider, table, lounge chair and a bed; produced by ZapfDesign. The soft borders of the furnishings derive from Zapf’s conclusion “Because I have never discovered sharp edges on any person, I no longer want to believe that the objects we surround ourselves with must have sharp edges.” The ‘Softline’ series is supposed to be installed on location. The modular elements can be easily detached and take minimum transport space. Zippers and press studs form the connections and allow a maximum in flexibility. Frames and plastic sheets coated with lacquer foil in red, white, yellow, green, black, or blue allow any kind of color composition. With the choice of material in a bright color palette and the smooth lines Otto Zapf hit the zeitgeist of the late 1960s/early 1970s. ‘Softline’ resembles the characteristics of Pop Art and Space Age and follows the idea of modular living and working areas. Zapf uses an experimental material and combines it with an uncommon way of construction, marking himself as an avant-garde designer. Otto Zapf (1931-2018) was born into a family of carpenters and cabinetmakers. His family had a carpentry business in Czechia in many generations. In 1945, Zapf’s family was forced to flee their home and business. They settle in Eschborn as expellees and in the mid 1950s Zapf’s father decides to open a workshop again. Zapf studied mathematics and physics at the University of Frankfurt. At the age of 25, Zapf joins a design collective together with graphic designer Günther Kieser and architect Rolf Schmidt, who encouraged Zapf to create his own designs. One year later (1957), Zapf began a collaboration with Dieter Rams who was employed at Braun at the time. From this time comes also the ‘RZ- design’ standing for Rams and Zapf. The ‘RZ’ was highlighting flexibility and individuality. In 1959, Zapf founded ‘Vitsoe + Zapf’ and marries his wife in the same year. Shortly afterwards, in 1967, Zapf leaves ‘Vitsoe + Zapf’ to open his own studio called ‘ZapfDesign’, a decision that helped Zapf to gain international recognition. Zapf, who died in 2018, was honored with a retrospective in 2020 in Eschborn, Germany. Please note that the measurements are per individual unit.

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  • Creator
    Otto Zapf (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 17.72 in. (45 cm)Width: 33.27 in. (84.5 cm)Depth: 13.19 in. (33.5 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Every item Morentz offers is checked by our team of 30 craftsmen in our in-house workshop. Special restoration or reupholstery requests can be done. We guarantee a very highquality standard, ask our design specialists for detailed information.
  • Seller Location
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU933126735932

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    Ships From: Waalwijk, Netherlands
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Established in 2006, Morentz has a team of approximately 55 restorers, upholsterers, interior advisers and art historians, making it a gallery, workshop and upholstery studio, all in one. Every day, a carefully selected array of 20th-century furniture arrives from all over the world at the firm’s warehouse, where the team thoroughly examines each piece to determine what, if any, work needs to be done. Whether that means new upholstery or a complete restoration, Morentz's aim is always to honor the designer’s intention while fulfilling the wishes of the client. The team is up to any challenge, from restoring a single piece to its original glory to furnishing a large-scale hotel project.

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