Gilda

Design Homage to Carlo Mollino - 1954

Armchair. Frame in oak or Canaletto walnut-dyed ash. Bronzed- brass hardware. Four- position adjustable seat. Upholstery in polyurethane/ heat-bound polyester fibre with suspension on steel springs. Removable fabric or leather cover.

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From design to product

It is truly a wonderful, gift, this careful philosophical reconstruction that Zanotta realised in the Gilda armchair. Its constructive quality seems to exceed all possibilities (and perhaps the economic opportunities) that the same Carlo Mollino practiced in 1953. While working on the furnishings of ‘Casa Pomella’, he designed two twin chairs with reclining backrests, made with a solid, shaped and sculpted wooden structure and two padded elements on the seat and backrest, both shaped around linguistic and ergonomic choices, and with brass fixings and adjustments.

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Today the ‘extra’ detail, made possible primarily by the desire to fully highlight the master’s lesson, is the rear arm/leg made majestically of a single piece (and no longer jointed as per the original, made by his brilliant artisans). The new design gave additional sculptural and beauty and prestige to the piece.