5 110.00 EUR

This set of three P110 lounge chairs was created by Italian architect and designer Alberto Rosselli (1921-1976) in 1972 and produced by the progressive Italian company Saporiti. They feature molded black ABS plastic seats in a sculptural form. The design of this stackable chair is a radical combination of the past and the future, the tubular chrome steel frame reminiscent of the Bauhaus school blends seamlessly into the futuristic free-form molded ABS plastic seat. The model is a rarely seen classic from the experimental design period in Italy during the key years 1965-1973. The P110 formed part of a series of free-form organic shaped moulded plastic seating that Rosselli designed for Saporiti from the late 1960s through to the early 1970s with evocative names such as Moby dick, Jumbo, Jaranda, and Play. From 1952 until his death in 1976 Rosselli was in architectural partnership with Gio Ponti and Fornaroli as the ´Studio Ponti-Fornaroli-Rosselli´ in Milan, Italy. The P110 lounge chair featured in the iconic ´Italy- New Domestic Landscape´ exhibition held at MOMA, New York during the summer of 1972 where it was featured on the fold down deck of Rosselli´s landmark ´Mobile House´ with its hinged and fold down exterior walls and flexible interior space. The P110 lounge chair was also exhibited at the landmark ´Eurodomus´ 4 exhibitions held at the Pallazo delle Belle Arte at Valentino in Turin, Italy in May 1972. Earlier Rosselli had been a key designer from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s period which represents an eventful time in the history of Italian design. Marking the heyday of the nation’s ‘economic miracle’, this is when the rationalist logic and socialist ambitions characterizing the reconstruction efforts of the immediate post-war period slowly gave way to the more experimental attitudes and liberal aspirations which were to distinguish Italian design culture from that point onwards. In the midst of this ocean of change, like a captain and his ship navigating through strange waters, architect and designer Alberto Rosselli can be found. Alberto Rosselli was awarded a posthumous life time achievement design award in 1987.