Alky Lounge Chair, Piretti for Castelli, Recently Upholstered in Boucle, 1972 - SOLD


This pair of italian armchairs are a modern take on classical furnishings.  designed by Giancarlo Piretti for Anonima Castelli with ergonomic forms, these chairs have a rare wooden base, where the majority of the Alky chairs are metal. The chairs have recently been upholstered in boucle for a touch of cleanliness and glamour.
Height: 76cm
Width: 66cm
Depth: 78cm
Seat Height: 48cm
About the Designer:
Italian interior and industrial designer Giancarlo Piretti was born in 1940 in Bologna. He obtained his teaching degree in drawing at the Art Institute of Bologna (dates unknown), and continued his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna in 1960. From 1963 until 1970, he taught interior design at the Art Institute of Bologna.
Sometime in the 1960s, Piretti also joined Italian design company Castelli as an interior designer, creating home furniture and office furnishings. During his twelve years at Castelli, Piretti obtained numerous industrial patents for his designs, which were mostly chairs. Piretti’s work for Castelli garnered the company an international reputation in furniture design. His most well-known design is the plastic folding Plia Chair (1968), which has sold over seven million copies since 1969 and is still in production. It won the BIO 5 distinction and the SMAU prize at the Ljubljana Biennial in 1971, Germany’s Gute Form prize in 1973, and can be found in permanent collections in various museums world-wide, including Austria, Czech Republic, Slovenia and the United States. In 1969 the complementary Plia Table was equally well-received in design circles, these revolutionary designs measured just 5 cm in depth when folded, a marvel in the 1960s.


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