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Set Six ‘Trieste’ Dining Chairs by Guglielmo Ulrich

38% Off Original Price: $ 14,500
Sale Price: $ 8,990
  • Description
    Designer: Guglielmo Ulrich
    Italy - Circa 1960s
    Dimensions: 32.75" H x 21.25" W x 21"D
    Seat 18" H / Arm 25.25"
    Condition: Very good

    Celebrate the ingenuity of Modernist Italian design with this exceptionally rare set of six dining chairs from the "Trieste" series, masterfully crafted by Guglielmo Ulrich in 1961. Manufactured by Saffa, Italy, these exquisite chairs stand as testament to Ulrich's design genius, embodying an innovative fusion of form, function, and craftsmanship.

    Named after the first prize it won at the Fiera di Trieste in 1961, the "Trieste" chair showcases its innovative and lightweight construction, paralleling Gio Ponti's famed Superleggera chair. It demonstrates a revolutionary use of lightweight wood and intricate craftsmanship, with solid mahogany construction and unique open dovetail joins in lamellar wood that effortlessly connects the legs and backrest together without the use of screws. These split joinery details, visible at each joint, add a unique design element, making each chair a statement piece. These chairs were produced in limited quantities, further enhancing their exclusivity and appeal to collectors and design enthusiasts alike.

    The set of six dining armchairs are in very good vintage condition, having been carefully refinished / restored by the previous owner. Each chair is upholstered with plush velvet - four in a soft moss green, and two in a dark emerald green, providing a stylish touch of color. The wrapped seats can be easily reupholstered, giving you the opportunity to customize the chairs to your taste!

    As light as they are luxurious, these "Trieste" chairs rival Gio Ponti's Supperleggera in their innovative use of lightweight materials, without compromising on comfort or stability.

    Guglielmo Ulrich (1904 - 1977), born into a noble Danish family in Milan, was a seminal figure in Italian design. His works were inspired by 18th and 19th century designs yet reflected a profound understanding of material and simplicity in form and function. His penchant for rare and exquisite materials, combined with an unerring eye for detail and a perfectionist approach to execution, made him a protagonist of the Italian style.

    Invest in this modern timeless set of six "Trieste" dining chairs by Guglielmo Ulrich and elevate your dining experience with a touch of Italian design heritage!


    ?Domus (Milan), no. 382, September 1961, p. 53, no. 388, March 1962, n.p. ?
    Giuliana Gramigna, Repertorio 1950/1980, Milan, 1985, p. 170
    ?Irene de Guttry and Maria Paola Maino, Il Mobile Italiano Degli Anni' 40 e '50, Bari, 1992, p. 275, figs. 23-24
    ?Doris Leslie Blau, Guglielmo Ulrich, Milanese Design Between Classicism and Modernism, New York, 2004, pls. XXI, XXI a
    ?Luca Scacchetti, Guglielmo Ulrich: 1904-1977, Milan, 2009, p. 175 for a detail, pp. 194-95
    Ugo La Pietra, Ulrich gli Oggetti fatti ad arte, Electa, Milano, 1994, p. 122-127
  • More Information
    Documentation: Ample Provenance
    Origin: Italy
    Period: 1950-1979
    Materials: Solid Mahogany, Velvet
    Condition: Good. Very good vintage condition. Previously restored. Very minor wear / marks from age and use. Reupholstery recommended but not required. Structurally sound. Condition report / additional photos upon request.
    Creation Date: Circa 1960s
    Number of Pieces: 6-7
    Styles / Movements: Modern, Mid Century
    Incollect Reference #: 649586
  • Dimensions
    W. 21.25 in; H. 32.75 in; D. 21 in;
    W. 53.98 cm; H. 83.19 cm; D. 53.34 cm;
    Seat H. 18 in; Arm H. 25.25 in;
    Seat H. 45.72 cm; Arm H. 64.14 cm;
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