Ico Parisi Rare Armchair in Walnut
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Ico Parisi, armchair, walnut, leather, Italy, 1960s
This rare armchair by Ico Parisi features the elegant forms Parisi's designs are well known for. With strong resemblance to the lounge chair and the sofa he designed in 1947 for Ariberto Colombo the chair seems to be created at the same time. The extravagant way the frame is shaped catches the eye. Four tapered legs flow over into the frame. The way the armrest is designed is a trademark of Parisi. The backrest with pointy ends and the seat cushion are comfortably upholstered in a brown leather.
Ico Parisi (1916-1996) is one of the pioneers who helped shape postwar Italian design. Parisi is now known for fluent, curved and delicate simplified modern design. In Italy, reform took place not in a new institute such as the Bauhaus, but in the sophisticated upperclass private spaces. Here paths cross of Ponti, Campigli, Melotti and also Ico and his wife Luisa. At the age of twenty Parisi graduates from the Istituto Tecnico G. Castellini as an Industrial Head Technician. According to Parisi himself, his first design dates from this date. He also starts to work as a painter and photographer before he had to work as a soldier in the war. His life really starts after the war when he meets his wife Luisa Aiani. From here onwards his designs are recognized and exhibited and he starts to collaborate with MIM Roma in 1958 and Stildomus in 1959. In the 1970s Parisi designs many architectural projects under the concept of a new way of living.
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