Zanuso Lady chairs, set of 2 (vintage)
Designer: Marco Zanuso
A pair of fully restored Lady lounge chairs designed by Italian architect Marco Zanuso for Arflex, Italy in 1951. These are very early examples which feature artisan made wooden frames. These early wooden frames were quickly superseded by welded pressed steel frames, which were faster and more economical to produce; this is fully documented in Baroni’s 1981 book on the history of Arflex.
The Lady chair won the Gold Medal prize at the 1951 IX Triennale international design exhibition in Milan and the entire cover page of Domus’ January 1953 issue was devoted to Zanuso’s Lady and Senior chairs. The Lady armchair was amongst the very first to exploit the aesthetic possibilities made available by Pirelli’s new foam rubber and elastic products. The new materials’ potential to create soft curves and lightness made it ideal for translating the modern streamlined aesthetic into comfortable seating.
This pair is marked with the early original fabric Arflex labels, which were saved from the original upholstery during the restoration process. These chairs have undergone a full ground up restoration, starting by stripping both chairs right back to their bare frames. They have been reupholstered in Danish Kvadrat ‘Hallingdall 65’ wool fabric designed by Nanna Ditzel including completely new Pirelli rubber webbing and latex foam rubber as per the original specification.
Approx £4,500.00 / $5895