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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.