The Lady armchair by Marco Zanuso

Among the mythical armchairs of the 20th century is a rare gem: the Lady armchair by Marco Zanuso. Why has this chair achieved iconic status? How is it that it has survived the years without ever getting old? All these answers and more are waiting for you in this article!

Marco-ZanusoFirst of all, let’s go back to the designer of the Lady chair, Marco Zanuso. Born in 1916 in Italy, he became passionate about architecture at a very early age and studied at the Milan Polytechnic. In 1945, the young graduate opened his own practice. Passionate about design and wanting to share his knowledge, he co-edited the magazine Domus with Ernesto N. Rogers. In 1957, Zanuso began a collaboration with the famous German designer Richard Sapper. Together they produced a range of highly functional television and radio sets. These products greatly influenced the use of plastic in various consumer products. They led to a significant reduction in prices! Zanuso ‘s research and work have led to great advances: he was one of the first designers in his country to take an interest in integrating new technologies into the product industrialisation process. His talent has been rewarded on many occasions: he has received multiple gold medals and the Grand Prix of the Milan Triennial, as well as five Compasso d’Oro awards between 1956 and 1985!

Marco Zanuso designed the Lady armchair in the early 1950s. Presented for the first time in 1951 during the IXth Triennale in Milan, it was an immediate success! Its comfort is truly incredible for its time. It is the result of an innovative technique that marks the beginning of modern upholstery. To achieve this exceptional result, the Italian designer was inspired by the automotive sector and studied the different production techniques. He then understood the importance of the relationships between each part, but also retained certain materials. He then adapted this knowledge to the creation of seats by proposing a separate production of the parts and by using foam rubber and Nastrocord. As a result, the Lady chair offers different degrees of upholstery according to the needs of the body: a revolution in the world of design!


The Lady armchair has a rare elegance: its soft, welcoming curves are timeless. Marco Zanuso has revolutionised design with his modern vision of functionality but also with his avant-garde approach to aesthetics!


Siren Lauvdal for Elle Décoration / Claudia Cardinale

Technical specifications
The Lady armchair was published by Arflex from 1951 to 2013. Since 2015, Cassina has been publishing this famous model.
Solid wood structure, polyurethane foam with differentiated density, elastic straps in reinforced rubber.
Available in fabric, leather or skai. Several colours available.

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