Lady armchair by Marco Zanuso

Marco Zanuso

Arflex, Italy


Metal and rubber fabric upholstery.

The first Lady chair was composed of wood, metal, and elastic webbing with fabric-covered foam rubber upholstery. The foam rubber was soon replaced by injection-molded polyurethane. The early chairs had wooden frames that were replaced by pressed sheet metal. The wood frames were set on metal legs. The elastic webbing support was adapted to factory upholstery by being divided into separate elements—arms, seat and back. Each part was stuffed with foam rubber of a different firmness according to the support needed, before the chair was completely assembled. The finished product maintained the unified appearance of having been custom upholstered in the traditional way.
Foam rubber had been used in the 1930s. Only after World War II did the Pirelli Rubber Company begin experimenting with it as an upholstery material, particularly for automobile seats. Pirelli asked Zanuso to design foam-upholstered furniture that could be mass-produced. Zanuso later said that the implications were revolutionary—not only for padding systems, but also for formal possibilities in new products.
Marco Zanuso won a golf medal at the IX Triennale in Milan for Lady Armchair and is part of permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and “Triennale” in Milan.

81 x 57 x 46 cm

In a good vintage condition (some usermarks).

Quantity: 1

Price on request

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