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Zanuso Mohair 'Baby' Lounge Chairs, Early Wood Frames, Brass Legs, Arflex, 1951

US$16,000per set

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Rare pair of elegant 1951 'Baby' lounge chairs by Marco Zanuso for 'Arflex', Italy . These are early , sought after examples with the artisan handcrafted wood seating frames. Please refer to the images where you can see nice detail photos of the bare wood frames prior to applying the new upholstery. Zanuso's elegant 'baby' chairs were designed to complement both his 'lady' and 'senior' chairs and these examples have been freshly reupholstered in beautiful 70% mohair, 30% silk mix fabric which complements the brass finish legs . Both chairs retain their original early period 'Arflex' manufacturer's metal labels which we managed to retain from the old worn fabric during the reupholstery process Both chairs have been fully renovated and reupholstered in our in-house workshops, including new rubber seat support webbing by the original manufacturer 'Pirelli' and new foam throughout. We have left the brass finish on the legs unpolished leaving the nice vintage surface patina that comes with age , there are a few light surface scratches commensurate with originality age and use. . We have kept a complete photographic record of the in-house restoration process which we can provide to the buyer. As mentioned these chairs are very early examples easily identified by their artisan crafted wood frames. The early amd costly artisan handcrafted wood frames were very quickly superceded by the far more cost effective industrial welded, pressed sheet steel frames. These production details are confirmed on page 8 of Daniele Baron's tome on the history of Arflex entitled 'Arflex 1951-1981' which was published in 1981. A rare opportunity to acquire very early production examples of this seldiom seen Zanuso model. Literature: Original period Arflex catalog and advertisement; PLEASE SEE IMAGES 2 & 3

Details

  • Creator
    Arflex (Manufacturer),Marco Zanuso (Designer)
  • Design
    Lady ArmchairLady Series
  • Dimensions
    Height: 31.7 in. (80.5 cm)Width: 26.58 in. (67.5 cm)Depth: 29.53 in. (75 cm)Seat Height: 18.31 in. (46.5 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1951
  • Condition
    Rewoven. Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use. These chairs have been thoroughly renovated in-house including new 'Pirelli' rubber webbing and new foam throughout. The chairs have new mohair & silk mix upholstery. The original brass legs exhibit original surface patina that comes with age.
  • Seller Location
    bergen op zoom, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU930121409852

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    Ships From: bergen op zoom, Netherlands
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About the Design

Lady Armchair

Designed by Marco Zanuso
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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