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Royal Treatment : Italian Mid Century Dining Chairs

From our Italian Mid Century Furniture collection department a new set of fantastic chairs are ready to be shipped and fulfill the home of one passionate collector of 20th Century Design.  Osvaldo Borsani Varedo Dining Chairs reupholstered  with brand new 100% cotton velvet in a vibrant red with a luxurious oak structure and brass ornaments at front base with brass inlay into the front legs. These 20th Century designed Dining Chairs have been restored  maintaining their original wood color, authenticity and charm; more information can be found on our dedicated pattern side for Italian Mid Century Furniture at https://www.italianmidcenturyfurniture.com/  where you will discover a wide collection of Mid Century chairs and sofas, lounge chairs, storage cabinets and decor pieces.  

True historic pieces of art, 20th Century Design & Italian Mid Century furniture. 

We carefully select unique pieces, from the Art Deco and Post-War Italian Period, restore them through the hard work of a third generation Italian restorer and one skilled Italian upholsterer, and bring them back to life, to be relived again by you. Original 20th Century Design furniture with a particular attention to Italy and the amazing creations of that particular period of our history.

Through our dedicated website www.italianmidcenturyfurniture.com  you will find a selection of Italian Art Deco furniture and Mid Century design pieces as well as selected antique products and home decor  accessories.  We do not sell reproductions but original and authentic collector pieces ! 

 

When needed, we restore each piece to its natural beauty with the help of an experienced Italian restorer from third generation. We are very passionate in our efforts to maintain the same standards of craftsmanship of the original manufacturers when restoring these little works of art. 

In our restoration projects we use no industrial machinery, almost all our tools are the very same ones used at the original time of manufacture and throughout the process we follow the original furniture makers' methodology- down to the final layer of varnishing and lacquering. Our paramount concern is to maintain the original integrity of the piece as dictated by the designer and manufacturer.  With the exception of  parts that are beyond repair and may impede every day use - locks, handles and padding- we substitute no parts. And, because we believe every piece has a history and a life story to tell, we leave the smallest imperfections to remind you.


Celebrities love the 70s: Italian 20th Century Design celebrities homes

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Tobia Scarpa

1970s Italian Sofa "Soriana" by Cassina

The 70s were colorful, rock and roll and big, the years of exploration and awareness as well as the fights for equality and peace. In Italy, it was the best moment for Italian Design which was started to be celebrated worldwide; think about New York, where in 1972 the Museum of Modern Art put up a full exhibition of Italian Design home products calling it the “New domestic landscape”, furniture was becoming fashionable. 

Many design pieces have better represented the spirit of that particular period and are still recognized today not only by renowned architects and designers but also by celebrities. Among such pieces, we might remember the Proust Armchair by Alessandro Mendini or Le Bambole armchairs by Mario Bellini for B&B Italia and other designs by Achille Castiglioni, Marco Zanuso, Cini Boeri and Afra & Tobia Scarpa. All of the pieces created by these Italian architects are not only telling us a story today, but they are transferring us that emotional contents which became part of our history. 

 

A beautiful design piece from the 1970s was featured in celebrity designer's Malibu home Kelly Wearstler. The Soriana sofa and armchairs by Cassina, designed in 1969 by Tobia Scarpa were graciously erecting from the huge living room area of this magnificent California mansion.  

Afra & Tobia Scarpa -  Working together since 1957 these architects' range of field spaces from buildings to interior design, from restoration of ancient palaces to industrial design projects. They designed furniture and lighting pieces for Gavina, B&B Italia, Cassina, Flos and Knoll International, and have designed factories and offices for Benetton. In 2015 Flos the Italian leading modern lighting manufacturer dedicated a full exhibition of Scarpa designs in their Milan Showroom in Corso Monforte, showcasing furniture pieces, lighting, sketches, watercolor works and much more. Immediately after graduation at the University of Venice in 1969 Tobia Scarpa won the prestigious price “Compasso d’Oro” for his Soriana armchair designed for Cassina. Since then he has been awarded many other design prices and his works can also be found in museums worldwide 

Italian Mid Century Sofas | Tobia Scarpa Sofa

 

The Sofa -  The Soriana is an iconic Italian Design Piece, great example of Italian Modernism, won the Compasso D'Oro in 1969 one of the most important design award of that time. The Soriana was manufactured by Cassina in the 1970s and the idea is that to express beauty and comfort by using  a whole bundle of fabric or leather hold by single steel clamp. The Soriana Collection is a collector piece and part of the history of Italian Design.

 

This lovely piece have found its place in one of the most acclaimed fashion and interior designer Kelly Wearstler who chose it for its Malibu Home as featured on Architectural Digest and In Style and Elle Decor Her selection of natural colors for the Soriana sofa and armchairs beautifully blends with the rest of her home design and we absolutely love the outcome. You can find the full article here 

 

 Advertising from the 1970s of the Soriana Sofa by Cassina 

Advertising from the 1970s of the Soriana Sofa by Cassina 

 Advertising from the 1970s of the Soriana Sofa by Cassina

Advertising from the 1970s of the Soriana Sofa by Cassina

 

 

New 20th Century Italian Design coming soon: Paolo Buffa High Back Lounge Chairs

Our staff of Italian purchasing agents dedicates a big length of time in researching for the most wonderful 20th Century Italian Design. As you might have seen from our website we offer a selected and curated collection of Mid Century Modern Design from the 20th Century Italian period. Each product is unique and one of a kind and can be used as your Art Piece in your modern or contemporary home. 

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Each product is carefully restored by keeping its original features intact to respect the piece. After all you would not want an "antique" piece which feels completely redone and its lovely signs of time completely covered up otherwise what would be the point of buying an "antique" piece if we might not call it as that? They are carefully checked , re polished or re upholstered  made available to the use and their 20th Century soul still keeps intact. 

These gorgeous Paolo Buffa High Back Lounge Chairs are the exact interpretation of beauty, they have been reupholstered with a lovely blue velvet fabric. These Lounge Chairs by Paolo Buffa are a classic design piece from the 20th Century Italian Design Period, the sculptural details such as rounded and smooth wooden base and refined armrests represent the testimony to this great heritage. Italian Mid Century Modern Design is very popular and very successful at art auctions worldwide.

Italian Mid Century Chairs | Lounge Chairs | Paolo Buffa | Mid Century Modern

These Lounge Chairs are comfortable and of a moderate size with a  100 cm height - width of 70 cm - depth 80 cm, use them with your contemporary furniture or modern pieces or add up to your Mid Century Italian collection.

Designitalia imports authentic Italian 20th Century design furniture and modern Italian furniture from Italy and if you are looking for a particular piece which is in your heart just contact our office and we will be putting our best effort to find it for you.

These Italian Lounge Chairs Paolo Buffa will be available soon . Contact our office if you are interested in purchasing them .  If blue is not the color you were looking for, we have another exact pair which will be freshly upholstered with brand new luxurious Italian white leather and dark wood the perfect color combination, book them before they are gone!  

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History in design: Regent Sofa by Marco Zanuso, 1960


The Regent sofa collection by Marco Zanuso, designed for Arflex in 1960 represents one the most coveted design piece of the 20th Century together with the Lady Armchair by the same designer. Our set is unique and rare, and features a three seater sofa with matching armchair on castors completely reupholstered in a luxurious Italian leather.  Our team of restorers worked for months on the sofa and armchair to restore these beautiful pieces of design exactly as it originally were conceived. We selected one of the best available leather on the market in a lovely dove color suitable for most home designs. This leather is soft to the touch and highly resistant, comes from European Cattle chrome tanned and full grain finished one of the most expensive of the collection of suitable leathers. 

Our Italian restorers  reproduced every single detail, the vertical stitchings of the back in contrast with the horizontal lines of the seat cushions, the buttons, the line of the bases and so on. You might find some other Regent sofas available on the web here and there, but none of it matches the beautiful details and finishes of our Regent set. 

Regent Sofa - Marco Zanuso, Arflex 1960

Marco Zanuso is a great Italian designer considered to be one of the founding fathers of Italian Industrial Design which brought a revolution in the way Italians lived and perceived every day objects in the 50s and 60s. With great architects and designers from the BBPR offices such as Franco Albini, Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni and Marcello Nizzoli he contributed to the development of the modern movement in the architecture and design field. 

He was one of the first architect to explore the use of industrial materials in design objects conceived for mass consumption and everyday use. 

our Regent armchair while under restoration 

Marco Zanuso is a great Italian designer considered to be one of the founding fathers of Italian Industrial Design which brought a revolution in the way Italians lived and perceived every day objects in the 50s and 60s. With great architects and designers from the BBPR offices such as Franco Albini, Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni and Marcello Nizzoli he contributed to the development of the modern movement in the architecture and design field. 

He was one of the first architect to explore the use of industrial materials in design objects conceived for mass consumption and everyday use. 

He was director of Domus magazine and Casabella and founding member of the ADI. In 1948 Pirelli created Arflex a manufacturer to produce seating furniture made of foam rubber and industrial material applied to home furniture. Zanies was appointed responsible for the design of this furniture and did not disappoint. 

He won many awards such as 7 Compasso d’Oro awards and his products are exhibited in modern art museums around the world. 

 

In 1960 he designed this exquisite seating collection named Regent, starting with the lounge chair on castors and the matching ottoman. We loved this design for many years and fought to find a sofa and armchair until we scoretwo pieces we were sure would be an amazing designercollector set to own. Like a precious painting or a unique antique car, these pieces are one of a kind and timeless, a milestone in Italian design. 

Our job is to find authentic and unique Mid Century Italian furniture pieces, restore them while keeping their original details intact and bring them back to life. 20th Century Italian Modern Design, a collection of sofas, chairs, storage pieces from the Italian Mid Century Period

 

 

Mid Century Italian modern design: The world of Poltronova and the Saratoga Collection

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Poltronova was founded by Sergio Cammilli in 1957 and its designs ranged from furniture to home accessories.   Immediately Mr Camilli brought a new mindset in the industry as he set out to create a furniture manufacturer that would leave its footprint in the history of  furniture design.  Starting with Ettore Sottsass Jr, who became his art director in 1958, Poltronova collaborated with a series of great architects and designers who teamed up to create truly one of a kind timeless pieces that are still considered design milestones in the  industry. These designers included Gae Aulenti, Giovanni Michelucci, Massimo Vignelli, Paolo Portoghesi, Ron Arad, Nigel Coates and many others.  In an effort to combine form and function and change the user experience, Poltronova also began to collaborate with famous artists such as Mario Ceroli,  Nespolo, Ruffi and Max Ernst and in so doing left its mark on the art scene.

 

The success of these design efforts is reflected in the multiple industry awards and publications the company has garnered over the years;  the Compasso d’Oro in 1957, the publication of the book Fare Mobili con Poltronova in 1970 coupled with the Smau prize in the same year and, finally,  the Top Ten prize in 1984.  Furthermore, Poltronova participated in numerous  landmark design exhibitis and events , such as “La Casa Abitata” in Florence in 1965, "Eurodomus 3" in Milan in 1970, and "Italy: The New Domestic Landscape" at Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1972.

 

Owning piece belonging to the Mid Century Italian Design era, in this case being a Poltronova signature piece, is like being part of modern Italian design’s history. Through the acquisition of Mid Century Italian furniture you will be thrown back to a creative time frame in Italy’s post war modern era. We are proud to present a few of the pieces from the designers that have contributed to the fame and success of Italian design.  


 The complete living collection of Saratoga by Poltronova designed by Lella and Massimo Vignelli is now available. Contact us to purchase this rare collector set.

The complete living collection of Saratoga by Poltronova designed by Lella and Massimo Vignelli is now available. Contact us to purchase this rare collector set.

 

We specialize in authentic Mid Century Modern Italian design, with pieces by world acclaimed Italian architects and designers such as Gio Ponti, Paolo Buffa, Osvaldo Bersani, Marco Zanuso, Franco Albini and many more.