Lady Chair (1951)

Designed in 1951 by Marco Zanuso for Arflex, the Lady armchair is a modern icon that won the gold medal at the IX Milan Triennale in the same year.

First Edition 'Lady' Easy Chair by Marco Zanuso for Arflex, Italy 1950s.
First Edition ‘Lady’ Easy Chair by Marco Zanuso for Arflex, Italy 1950s

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Who designed Lady Chair?

In the late 1940s, Zanuso began collaborating with Italian manufacturing company Arflex to create a furniture collection using a newly developed polyurethane foam and elastic tape. Guided by the principle that these new materials would inform the aesthetic result, Zanuso designed a series of pieces for Arflex that became icons of modernist design, including the Lady Armchair (1951)

How is it made?

The Lady chair has a steel frame with poplar plywood armrests, padded in CFC-free polyurethane foam and polyester wadding. The density of the foam used for seat, backrests and armrests is differentiated according to the varying degrees of support required.
The steel chair legs are available in three different finishes: matte basalt, brass chrome and black chrome.

Pair of Lady armchairs
Pair of Lady armchairs by Marco Zanuso, Italy 1951

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Metal structure covered in polyurethane foam in the mold. Armrests in solid wood covered with polyurethane foam at varied densities and polyester fiber. Springing by means of reinforced elastic straps. Metal legs painted aluminum color. Not removable.

Poltrona Lady Arm Chair
Poltrona Lady Arm Chair by Marco Zanuso, Italy 1960

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What are its dimensions?

32 x 22 x 18″

(81.3 x 55.9 x 45.7 cm)

Marco Zanuso Lady chair for Arflex
Marco Zanuso Lady chair for Arflex, Italy 1951

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