Posts tagged #Midcentury

A lovely and elegant console table by Paolo Buffa


When it comes to Mid Century furniture our Italian purchasing manager put a lot of effort in researching unique Mid Century modern  Italian pieces. Our main goal is to select furniture pieces which will blend naturally with customers other contemporary and modern pieces.   During one of the many trips to Italy we have scored a versatile and elegant console table whose design is attributed to Architect Paolo Buffa. 

This beautiful console table dates 1940 but still preserve a modern flair making it versatile and of greater use in a hallway or entryway. There is a neat and meticulous work behind this authentic Mid Century piece. There are 6 practical drawers. The details of this Mid Century console table are shown in the threaded maple borders which extend into the legs as well.

The front drawers are exquisite with maple threads each depicting a maple inlay star beneath the handles. This is a modern Mid Century furniture pieces, authentic Italian Mid Century piece which has been restored in Italy by a third generation Italian restorer. 

 

Our company outsource and import high end Mid Century Modern Italian furniture | Mid Century furniture pieces by architects and designers such as Paolo Buffa, Gio Ponti, Osvaldo Borsani, Marco Zanuso, Lella and Massimo Vignelli, Franco Albini and many more. #Italian #MidCentury #furniture 

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 modern Italian design: The master supremacy of Italy's creations.


A talk with our senior purchasing manager about love, history and beauty of Italian Design.

 

In the course of my career I often find myself answering the same recurring question from my customers- how is it possible that Italians are so great in making amazing furniture? We all know Italian design and creativity is known worldwide but still most people can’t come to terms with this sort of supremacy. I often thought of a simple way to explain this very thin line between beauty and functionality which Italians are able to master at their best.

 The most simple product may be functional but not necessarily meet that aesthetic taste most people seek. Italian design is able to immediately come to terms with these two important factors and blend them effortlessly almost in a seamless way.  There is an explanation, after all, and it is found in the history of our country, Italy, a history which goes way back and prior to the birth of Jesus Christ. 

Like music and art, Italian design has centuries old deep historical and social roots. Italians have lived in a country where everything was already established, constructed and built over the ages and therefore our approach to construction and, more specifically, function was not a prisoner of bare-bone necessity.  Instead, it had latitude and an allowance to be driven by passion for a sense of aesthetic where “beauty” could be reached by going beyond the daily humdrum and routine.  Let’s just think for a moment: since centuries Italians have been educated in aesthetics. They lived in a country where roads were already there, and bridges, aqueducts, big buildings, theaters, museums. Our predecessors built all of those with the intention for us to use them, and thankfully most of them are still in use nowadays. In our history, the great Papacies were funding big public and private works and the wealthy families where hiring sculptors, painters, and artists to embellish their castles and their cities and public spaces. These artists not only exploited aesthetical boundaries but bound them with a sense of functionality that our predecessors, the Romans, already refined.  This is why we have this sense of beauty in our background because we live in it, daily. It’s like having a piano teacher father and an opera singer mother and end up making music the purpose of your life. It’s the country itself, Italy, to make Italians a country of builders and visionaries. Think about this country and its natural wonders, a country which lacks in oil or coal but has always been rich in marbles and travertine natural materials which are perfect for constructions. And think about its landscapes, which are the canvas for magnificent inspiration by the most acclaimed international artists of all times.  

It is with this backdrop that we can come to better understand the roots of the post war mid century Italian design.  A credenza was not just a box to hold dishes and similarly, a sofa was not just a few cushions and a wood frame on which to sit. They had to be more, they had to tell a story, they had to embellish and accentuate the surrounding environment or, at times, they just had to float and disappear into that environment but, above all, they had to be pieces of art standing on their own right. At the root of this focus on form was the fact that most post-war designers were architects by training or highly specialized artisans and craftsmen.  In some cases these designers were cross fertilizing design innovations across industries – be that the automobile industry, furnishings, appliances, graphics etc.   So the end result of this cross fertilization and emphasis on design was the advent of the ‘Made in Italy’ label reflecting a centuries old cultural emphasis on design and quality across multiple products. Unfortunately with the advent of globalization, mass production and the constant search for production efficiencies a lot of this has been lost over the years.  Even Italy and its culture is subject to these new realities, but for those of us who have an admiration for the creative spirit of those times,  the products of Buffa, Ponti, Borsani, Zanuso, Vignellis, are magnificent standard bearers of the true essence of ‘Made in Italy’.