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Lady Chair

c. 1951

by Marco Zanuso
for Cassina

Lady Chair

by Marco Zanuso
for  Cassina

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Designed over 60 years ago, Marco Zanuso’s Lady Chair is a classic example of how mate­ri­als and tech­nol­ogy can be used to engen­der new aesthet­ics. It all began in the late 1940s when Pirelli – the vener­a­ble Italian manu­fac­turer known the world over for its rubber prod­ucts – invited Marco Zanuso to exper­i­ment with home furnish­ings appli­ca­tions for its inno­v­a­tive foam rubber.

The Lady chair was one of those early results that not only provided the cata­lyst for Pirelli to estab­lish Arflex as its furni­ture divi­sion but captured the imag­i­na­tions of the judges at the pres­ti­gious 1951 Milan Trien­nale by winning the top prize. Arflex contin­u­ously produced the Lady lounge chair through 2013; in 2015, Cassina now has the chair as part of its I Maestri Collec­tion. The Lady chair is included in the perma­nent collec­tions of museums world­wide. It remains one of the land­mark pieces asso­ci­ated with the mate­ri­als and tech­ni­cal exper­i­men­ta­tion that under­scores the aesthet­ics of midcentury modernism.


Marco Zanuso

Italy (1916–2001)

Architect, designer and university lecturer, Marco Zanuso was one of the leading interpreters of the Modern Movement.

Trained at the Polytechnic University of Milan and, in the immediate post-war years, co-editor of the Domus magazine with Ernesto N. Rogers, he was awarded the Medaglia d’oro and the Gran Premio at the Milan Triennale on a number of occasions (VIII, IX, X, XI and XIII editions), and won ve Compassi d’Oro between 1956 and 1985.

Zanuso was one of the first designers in Italy to take an interest in product industrialization, going beyond aesthetics to incorporate technological, industrial, and communication variables.

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