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Lady Armchair

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While the scoop-like form of the Lady armchair, designed in 1951 by Italian architect and furniture maker Marco Zanuso (1916–2001), might not be the most visually arresting chair on the auction block today, it’s one of the classic pieces of mid-century modern furniture and was quite revolutionary for its time. 


Like many designers of the day, Zanuso was fascinated with new materials like polyurethane foam and elastic tape. In the 1940s, he began experimenting with them through a collaboration with Italian manufacturer Arflex that would endure for years. For the Arflex line, Zanuso designed not only the Lady armchair — which won the gold medal at the Milan Triennale the year of its debut — but also the 1949 Antropus chair and the 1951 Sleep-o-matic sofa. While these works were radical for their materials, their construction methods were also groundbreaking. The Lady armchair, for instance, was manufactured in pieces and assembled at the very end of the production process, whereas traditional furniture was more frequently constructed as a whole.


Zanuso spent his entire career creating a new definition of modernism through his works and his words. He studied architecture at the Polytechnic University of Milan with some of the country’s most forward-thinking designers, opened his own firm in 1945 and even served as the editor of design magazines Domus and Casabella, sharing his philosophy of modern design in their pages. He certainly succeeded in creating a lasting impact on the design world, particularly through pieces like the Lady armchair. It’s manufactured today by Cassina


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Restored Early Production Wood Frame Zanuso 'Lady' Chairs, 1951, Mohair Fabric
By Marco Zanuso
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Superb pair of fully restored, very early production wood frame 'Lady' lounge chairs designed by Italian architect Marco Zanuso for Arflex, Italy in 1951. The chairs are finished in...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass

Zanuso Mohair 'Baby' Lounge Chairs, Early Wood Frames, Brass Legs, Arflex, 1951
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern

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Brass, Steel, Mohair, Rubber, Silk, Foam, Wood

Pair of "Lady" Armchairs by Marco Zanuso for Arflex, Italy, 1950s
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in Paris, FR
Pair of "Lady" armchairs by Marco Zanuso for Arflex, Italy, 1950s. Reupholstered with a white grey fabric by Ritz editions.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Armchairs

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Brass

Authentic Marco Zanuso Lady Chairs, Arflex, Italy, 1950s/1960s
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in London, GB
A wonderful pair of original and authentic early Marco Zanuso lady chairs, Arflex, Italy, 1950s/60s. Fast shipping worldwide. Please note: Prices do not include VAT. VAT may be ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass

Authentic Marco Zanuso Lady Chairs, Arflex, Italy, 1960s, for Reupholstery
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in London, GB
A wonderful pair of original and authentic early Marco Zanuso lady chairs, Arflex, Italy, 1960s. Brass feet with original natural patina (and some old stickers that will come off). T...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass

Authentic Marco Zanuso Lady Chairs, Arflex, Italy, 1960s
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in London, GB
A pair of original and authentic early Marco Zanuso lady chairs, Arflex, Italy, 1960s. The chairs were likely reupholstered 5/10 years ago. Brass feet with original natural patina. F...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass

Marco Zanuso Mid-Century Modern Mod "lady" Italian Armchair, 1950s
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Madrid, ES
Armchair model “Lady” designed by Marco Zanuso and edited by Arflex, made with solid wood structure and black metal legs. Bouclé wool upholstery Koala model edited by Pierre Frey. Fo...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Zanuso 'Senior' Chairs, Rare Early Examples with Wood Frames and Ottoman, 1951
By Marco Zanuso
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
These rare very early examples of Zanuso's 'Senior' chair are identified by their artisan crafted wood frames , please see images 9 and 10 taken during the restoration process. These...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass

Lady Suite by Marco Zanuso for Arflex, Italy, 1950s
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in Berkhamsted, GB
An extremely rare Marco Zanuso Lady Suite for Arflex, fully restored and reupholstered. A pair of armchairs with ottomans and a curved three seater sofa. Possibly the best example in...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Living Room Sets

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Metal

Early "Lady" Armchair Designed by Marco Zanuso for Arflex Italy, 1951
By Arflex, Marco Zanuso
Located in Wolfurt, AT
Early "Lady" chair, designed by Marco Zanuso, manufactured by Arflex in 1951. Armchair with pressed metal frame. Suspension in elastic bands. Mouldes foam rubber filling. Fabric i...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Pair of Blue Grey "Lady" Armchairs by Marco Zanuso, Italy, 1951
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in New York, NY
First edition, 1951 Arflex Arflex tag patinated brass feet New Kvadrat fabric upholstery in blue grey shades these armchairs will ship from Paris and can be returned to either P...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Armchairs

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Brass

Marco Zanuso Lady Chairs Pair Arflex, Italy, 1951
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Iconic so called pair of 'Lady chairs' designed by Marco Zanuso and manufactured by Arflex, Italy, 1951. These lady chairs have brass covered legs and they are newly upholstered in b...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass

Pair of Marco Zanuso Lady Chairs, Early Edition
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Miami, FL
Pair of early edition circa 1950 lady chairs by Marco Zanuso, Italy. Arflex editeur Totally restored, new foam, new fabric, original wood chassis. Bought from a St tropez Estate, 1st...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass

Authentic Marco Zanuso Lady Chair, Arflex, Italy, 1960s for Re-Upholstery
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in London, GB
An original and authentic Marco Zanuso lady chair, Arflex, France/Italy, 1960s. The upholstery is worn and so the chairs require re-upholstery so the price here reflects that and is ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass

Marco Zanuso Lady Chair Italian Lounge by Arflex Cream Alpaca Mohair Fabric
By Marco Zanuso
Located in Chicago, IL
The Marco Zanuso Lady Chair was designed by Marco Zanuso for Arflex in 1951. It won the award Medaglia d’oro or Gold Medal at the Milan IX Triennale in 1951. This lounge chair is so ...
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Upholstery

Lady Chair by Marco Zanuso for Arflex in New Upholstery
By Marco Zanuso, Arflex
Located in Berlin, DE
Wonderful lady chair designed by Marco Zanuso and produced by Arflex. The chair are high quality restored and upholstered in velvet.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Brass

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