Maggiolina

Design Marco Zanuso - 1947

Lounge chair. Ø 18 mm, 18/8 polished or black painted steel tubular frame or with natural or black nickel-satin finish. Sling in cowhide pigmentato 90. Back cushion in new goose feathers. Seat cushion upholstered in polyurethane/ Dacron Du Pont. Cushions and armrests covers in Ecofire or leather.

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From design to product

“A Cinderella that turns into a Princess,” we could write, to paraphrase Aurelio Zanotta about the process that led to the creation of the Maggiolina lounge chair. Starting from the hypothesis of an inexpensive, dismantable armchair, it was designed by Marco Zanuso towards the end of the 1940s for a competition held by the MoMA of New York. It had a structure of curved steel tubing from which a burlap ‘bag’ was hung, the ‘pockets’ of which contained two panels of plywood, inserted to support the two padded cushions used as seat and backrest.

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While designing the lounge chair Maggiolina in 1947, Zanuso experimented a brand new construction system conceived for the serial industrial production, giving up the traditional concept of an armchair with frame made with artisan techniques.