Practical with beautiful Design - Italian Chairs

The  superleggera by Giò Ponti,  Cassina

The super light and slender wooden chair designed by Gio Ponti for Cassina, is a classic. Here shown by Lagerfeld , the former head of the fashion brand Chanel. Superleggera chair, Cassina, design Gio Ponti (1957 ) So light that it can be lifted with a finger : seeing is believing! Gio Ponti has rethought the typical Ligurian handicraft chair, the Chiavarina , for mass production , creating a robust and light product at the same time (1.7 kg). A highlight of Cassina’s catalogue since 1957, the Superleggera represents the perfect outcome between the creative imagination of the architect Gio Ponti, and Cassina’s manufacturing excellence, an undisputed icon that is both of-the-moment and pays tribute to traditional artisanal skills.

Plia Chair by Giancarlo Piretti - Anonima Castelli

The three-disc pivot that allows Plia to open and close was a stroke of genius which, combined with the steel and polypropylene frame, made this chair a true icon of democratic design. Millions of pieces have been sold since 1967. The seat is produced by Anonima Castelli. The symbol of a new era focused on plastic: this is how the 1967 Plia chair was received when it was published at the Milan furniture fair. on the occasion of the fair, the session obtained so many public consents, that many visitors left the stand taking samples without even asking for permission ... come the consequence of this unorthodox compliment, the chairs were tied for safety with a chain .

Chair One by Konstantin Gricic for MagisDesign

Chair One by Konstantin Grcic for Magis immediately presented itself as a new milestone in chair design. Seat and back are in anodized aluminum with geometric pattern; the version with a concrete base enhances, by contrast, the graphic lightness of the whole. MagisDesign - pushing the boundaries of design since 1976. For more than 40 years, MagisDesign have been creating design products for people’s homes, offices and public spaces. Magis was founded in 1976 in Northern Italy.

Spaghetti by Alias

A chromed steel structure on which runs a PVC rod that gives life to the seat and back. Spaghetti by Alias looks soberly to rationalist aesthetics. Technological lightness, versatility, innovation. Since 1979 these have been the overriding values of Alias, one of the most consolidated names of Italian design. A symbol in the history of design, spaghetti is the first Alias chair to appear in the MoMA collection of New York. The structure is in stove enamelled or chromed steel, the seats and backs in the distinctive woven PVC, subtle in the transparent version and more striking in the various colored versions. Also available in variants like leather hide and the special straw of the paludis series that enable unexpected tactile and visual experiences.

Knoll - Harry Bertoia Chair

In 1950, he was invited to Pennsylvania to work for Knoll International by his old classmate Florence Knoll and her husband Hans. Curiosity: designer and sculptor, Harry Bertoia was born in a small town in Friuli-Venezia Giulia in 1915, but in 1930 he emigrated to the United States, where he will take citizenship and find his fortune thanks to the constant collaboration with Knoll.

In Friuli-Venezia Giulia there is also the Chair District , a production reality that has its roots as early as the eighteenth century but which established itself in the sixties of the twentieth century.

Husk by Patricia Urquiola - B&B Italia

The shaped shell incorporates the capitonné workmanship, the quilted seat and back softly welcome the body: Husk by B&B Italia is perfect for decorating the dining room, perhaps in combination with the sofa from the same collection. Design Patricia Urquiola. “Those who look at a sofa must visually perceive a sense of both mental and physical comfort.” Patricia Urquiola has conveyed this concept to the armchair Husk by designing a stiff body made of Hirek ® that contains a soft cushion divided into portions, which seem to underscore its ergonomic profile. It is endowed with an original spirit that merges with various styles. 

Selene by Vico Magistretti

Designed to be used indoors and outdoors, Selene is one of Vico Magistretti's masterpieces and one of the symbols of the "golden season" of Italian design. Born in 1969, its lines are the experimental ones typical of the Space Age. Today this chair is produced by Heller. Magistretti also had a strong collaboration with Cassina, one of the leading Italian furniture brands.

Babela by Castiglioni

The clever and comfortable Babela. Castiglioni could even make a stackable chair Designed in 1958 by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for the Milan Chamber of Commerce, Babela is an excellent example of how practicality and aesthetics can work together in the same chair, a comfortable, stackable easy chair with a rigorous design perfect for the institutional setting for which it was conceived. This reissue brings Babela into contemporary spaces, transforming the original iron frame into a warmer, more natural ash wood one. The Castiglioni studio was established in 1938 by brothers Livio and Pier Giacomo, while for certain projects, Luigi Caccia Dominioni also worked alongside them.

Livia - Gio Ponti

Designed by Gio Ponti in 1937 to furnish the "Livianum" Faculty of Letters of the University of Padua, Livia has been re-edited by L’Abbate starting in 2005. The straight back is designed to be composed at the table. The Livia chair remains as modern and stylish as ever thanks to its elegant minimalism. With a solid beech wood frame and multilayer wood seat, the Livia chair is available either dyed or lacquered in a variety of colors.

Giò Ponti (1897-1979) was one of the most influential figures in Italian design and architecture afterworld war II. His work as an industrial and furniture designer, architect, painter and editor for Domus magazine contributed to the renaissance of design in Italy in the 1950s and 1960s.

Singer by Bruno Munari - Zanotta

Singer by Zanotta is the “seat for very short visits” designed by the sagacious  Bruno Munari. 5000 Singer designed by Bruno Munari for Zanotta Edizioni is a chair for very brief visits. Art object in the form of a chair. Nine originals numbered and signed. Frame in natural colour, wax-finished walnut. Born from the experimentations of Zabro Zanotta Edizioni is a special collection of furnishing items verging on art and design.  Items in this collection are inspired by the Italian artistic handcrafting tradition. Free from the bonds of industrial production, they are charged with the powerful charm of "handmade” objects.

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