Roberto Menghi for Arflex Pair of ‘Hall’ Lounge Chairs in Green Fabric
Roberto Menghi for Arflex, pair of ‘Hall’ lounge chairs, metal, fabric, Italy, 1958
In 1958, Roberto Menghi designs an interesting series of armchairs and sofas for Arflex. The designer titled the designs as the ‘Hall’ collection. A year later, the ‘Hall’ armchair received an honorable mention for the Compasso d’Oro. These armchairs have a very sculptural appearance, yet also an elegant feel. This is especially achieved by the sleek, almost delicate looking legs. Therefore, the more bulky seat and armrests create a perfect balance with the expressive lines of the legs. A nice detail of the legs are the endings, which taper out. Because the design is slightly tilted, the chair is not only visually pleasing to the eye but very comfortable to sit in. The fabric of the chair has aged over time, giving the chair unique character and adding to the design in general.
Roberto Menghi was born in Milan in 1920. From a young age, Menghi was influenced by architecture and design and important event in his life was when he spent some time in England, where his father worked as a manager of Pirelli. In this period, when Menghi was around ten years old, he found his love for the English world based on pragmatic ethics and the importance of undertaken commitments. After his graduation from Politecnico di Milano in 1944, Menghi took part in the Second World War. However, after the Armistice, his opposition to the setting up of the Italian Social Republic led him to being a prisoner in a concentration camp in Czechtochowa. When he was finally freed, he was able to open his own design studio in Milan, where he specialized in architecture, interior design and industrial design. During his career, Menghi was awarded with the Compasso d’Oro price for two of his designs. Furthermore, he was awarded with two Grand Prizes at Triennale for the sections "glass" and "design". Much of his life, Menghi dedicated himself to the restoration of buildings such as the Palace of Giureconsulti in Milan. Moreover, he taught architecture at the University of Venice and Milan. Additionally, he gave lessons in design at the New Academy in Milan as well as the Bath Academy located in the UK. Menghi died in 2006 but is nowadays a well-known and loved Italian architect and designer.
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