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Pair of Mid-Century Armchairs by Raffaella Crespi for Mobilia, Italy 1960s

Documentation Documented elsewhere (similar item)
Origin Italy
Period 1950-1979
Materials Boucle, Wood
W. 23.62 in; H. 28.74 in; D. 24.41 in;
W. 60 cm; H. 73 cm; D. 62 cm;
Seat H. 17.13 in;
Seat H. 43.5 cm;
Condition Good. The chairs have been reupholstered in a premium hand-crafted fabric.
Number of Pieces 2-3
Description These Italian chairs were designed with high attention to detail, which is visible in the unique curves and clear geometric shapes. Characterized by silky lines and textures, this pair is exemplary of Italian mid-century design.

This pair feature uniquely shaped, slim legs that are held together by the cross-shaped seat. The cylindrical legs appear to stand on pillars, which gives these chairs a unique, instantly recognisable appearance. The frame gives this pair a playful, yet elegant look. The seat cushion, oval backrest and curved armrests have been reupholstered in a premium bouclé fabric. The upholstery creates a wonderful contrast and combination with the dark stained wood.

This pair was produced by the Italian manufacturer, Mobilia.

About the designer:
Born in Milan on February 27, 1929, Raffaella Crespi (1929-2011) graduated in architecture at the Politecnico di Milano in 1955. In those years, the visual characteristics and the “know-how” of what today is identified as Italian design, was born.

In 1969, she obtained her teaching qualification, and in 1980, she became professor of Architectural Technology, then of Industrial Design. Raffaella Crespi was one of the founders of the Association of Industrial Design, and of the magazines "Italia Nostra" and "Terragni" Foundation of Como. In 1973, the designer became the president of the Order of Architects of the province of Milan, a position she held until 1977. Crespi was the first woman ever to hold this position.

Meanwhile, Crespi met the Italian engineer and architect Marcello Grisotti, a professor in Bari and later at the Milan Polytechnic in Engineering, who hired her as the editor of the magazine “Architettura / Cantiere”. Crespi also curated numerous exhibitions of international importance, including the “Il teatro in the Weimar Republic” at the Palazzo delle Stelline in 1979 and “Puppets, marionettes and puppets from the eighteenth century to the present” at the Palazzo Reale in 1980.

The designer’s works were exhibited at prestigious museums around the world, such as in the MoMa in New York, in Tokyo, Paris, and London. From the year 1974, she directed the series of “Researches of Technology of Architecture” for the publisher Franco Angeli and from 1988, the series “Design” for Hoepli. Today, Raffaella Crespi is known for her architectural work, as well as her seating designs. ~H.
Styles / Movements Mid Century, Modern
Book References Domus, n. 373 December 1960, advertisement. Domus, n. 400, March 1963, review.
Dealer Reference Number 20180161
Incollect Reference Number 374605
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