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Maralunga Sofa

About the Design

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.

Vico Magistretti Maralunga Sofa

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'Maralunga' Lounge Chairs and Ottoman by Vico Magistretti for Cassina, c. 1970
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vico Magistretti's award-winning 1973 classic, the 'Maralunga' lounge chair for Cassina. This set of two chairs and single ottoman provides a comfortable deep seat with low armrests ...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Maralunga Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina, 1973
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Neervelp, BE
Vintage maralunga sofa designed by Vico Magistretti for Cassina in 1973. This iconic design sofa is upholstered in dark green/grey striped fabric. (you even get extra fabric for t...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather Maralunga Sofa Set by Vico Magistretti for Cassina, 1973
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Neervelp, BE
Vintage cognac leather maralunga sofa set designed by Vico Magistretti for Cassina. Award winning design piece from 1973 with adjustable backrests. The set consists of a two 2-...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Two 675 Maralunga Tobacco Leather Adjustable Headrest Armchairs
By Vico Magistretti
Located in Milano, IT
Two 675 Maralunga tobacco leather armchairs by Vico Magistretti for Cassina. We have four armchairs and a pouf available in total, you can buy the entire group of five items or you c...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Armchairs

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Early Maralunga Set in Original Tan Leather by Vico Magistretti for Cassina 1973
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Pijnacker, Zuid-Holland
Very early edition Maralunga sofa and two lounge chairs by Vico Magistretti for Cassina, 1973. The sofa is made in tan colored leather and has wood legs. The extractable head-rest...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Settees

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Original Vico Magistretti for Cassina "Maralunga" Grey Leather Italian Sofa
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Madrid, ES
Maralunga sofa designed by Vico Magistretti (1920-2006) for Cassina in 1973. Magistretti was an Italian Industrial designer and architect. This is an original 1970s version, made of...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Sofas

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Grey and Three-Seat Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina, Model Maralunga, 1973
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Schagen, NL
This three-seat sofa was designed by Vico Magistretti for Cassina Italy in 1973. It features a velvet bi-color fabric in grey and black. The Maralunga sofa also features separately a...
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20th Century Italian Post-Modern Sofas

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Two-Seat Maralunga Leather Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina
By Vico Magistretti, Cassina
Located in Voorburg, NL
A wonderful Maralunga sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina. This beauty was designed in 1973 and quickly became a design Classic. Its clever design incorporates manipulatable back cu...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Vico Magistretti 'Maralunga' Brown Leather Sofa for Cassina, 1973, Italy
By Vico Magistretti, Cassina
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Brown 2-seat Maralunga sofa in original leather, designed by Vico Magistretti for Cassina, Italy - Model 675 Maralunga 40, designed in 1973. Measures: Seat depth 23.25’’.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather

Vico Magistretti 'Maralunga' Brown Leather Sofa for Cassina, 1973, Italy
By Vico Magistretti, Cassina
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Brown 2 seat Maralunga sofa in original leather, designed by Vico Magistretti for Cassina, Italy - model 675 Maralunga 40, designed in 1973. Measures: Seat depth 23.25’’.
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Cassina Maralunga Ensemble Leather Sofa and 2 Chairs and 1 Ottoman
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Munich, Bavaria
Cassina Modell Maralunga in Mint condition. The condition is like new. It was used only for several months. This set consist a 3-seat Sofa. 2 armchairs und 1 ottoman. The leather...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Sofas

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Leather, Upholstery, Foam

Sofa Maralunga Vico Magistretti for Cassina
By Cassina, Vico Magistretti
Located in Lyon, FR
Italian design for this sofa designed by Vice Magistretti and made by Cassina. Sofa made of Havana leather in 1970s.  
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Sofas

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Leather