Rare Vintage Italian Art Deco Chair Pietro Chiesa for sale
Item ID: 392383
A rare Italian art deco chair with industrial design influence attributed to Pietro Chiesa. The chair is made of solid and tubular steel. Measurements are: seat height (15.25 inches), total height (24), total width (25.3) and depth (19). The chair's metal has patina and it will need to be newly upholstered and the original velvet fabric replaced. There is a metal label underneath, "Arredamenti Ponte 5, Pietro".
A very unusual Italian design with geometric, sleek lines on a tulip base formed by solid steel tubes. This is an interesting chair in the perspective of Italian design history. It is quite rare that one finds Italian furniture of this period that is so strongly influenced by and incorporates such raw, industrial design elements. One sees a dialogue between the modernism movement that was sweeping across Europe, the Italian aesthetic, constructivism and the geometry of Italian futurism in the chairs' squared steel tubes forming the basic structure of the chair. The addition of the plump, square upholstery is, of course, for maximum comfort. After all it is a chair. However, the designer specifically chose the shape to not only reflect the shape of the square tubes but also to further emphasize the geometry of the tubing.
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The proportions, shape, and elegant juxtaposition of the upholstery to the tubing is reminiscent of the technique that Eileen Gray used in designing her "Non-conformist" and "Bibendum" chairs with their large plump upholstery and fine tubular structure. One can even say that this chair attributed to Chiesa has a machine quality; to borrow the term coined by Josef Hoffman, it is a sitting machine.
The attribution is partially based on information that has followed the chair from collector to collector over the years. However, the chair's strict geometrical lines, industrial appeal and avant garde use of materials point towards, and would perfectly fit, in the oeuvre of Chiesa, especially the early designs late 20s / early 30s when he was more furniture than glass. However, he did continue to design furniture until his death in the 1948.
Measurements: 61.0 x 64.3 x 48.3 CM (H x W x D) Change Unit
Condition: Excellent Condition
Designer: Unknown designer
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