"Lucania" armchair by Giancarlo de Carlo for Arflex, Italy, late 1950s.
The Lucania is a generous and comfortable chair, which was featured in Domus magazine in November 1957. The article set out the details of the innovative design and the techniques used in its construction. The back and arms form a single metal shell, softened with bands of rubber, with the impression of the central spine faintly visible at the back. The leg section cradles the body and the black finish remains in good condition, with some age-appropriate wear. The chair has now been professionally re-upholstered by hand to re-create the Arflex design. The "Storr" fabric used is a large-scale chunky wool bouclé made by Bute Fabrics, a traditional Scottish wool mill; the Pebble colourway has mid-grey loops over a dark grey ground and for us image 4, which shows a close-up of the fabric, is also a good reference for the colour.
H 92cm x W 90cm x D 75cm
Seat height approximately 41cm
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