Vintage 'Veranda' Armchair by Vico Magistretti for Cassina
This gorgeous 'Veranda' recliner chair was designed in 1983 by the Italian architectural master Vico Magistretti. The flowing top part, resting on a tubular metal pedestal, opens and retracts like a giant black flower. The leg rest rolls out and the headrest folds upwards supported by an inner frame with the famous bicycle chain technology - that Magistretti pioneered - inside. The back can also be adjusted with a leaver to become flatter or more upright.
The Veranda armchair came out with a choice of leather, fabric, or a top-quality vinyl cover, and this chair has the vinyl cover. The vinyl option was meant to cater for clients with a concern for animal welfare and the quality is luxurious.
Magistretti really was a giant of mid-century European architecture and design. He received many awards, among which: the Gold Medal at the 1951 Triennale, the Grand Prix at the 1954 Triennale, two Compasso d'Oro awards in the years 1967 and 1979 as well as the Gold Medal of the Chartered Society of Industrial Artists and Designersin 1986. Some of his works are exhibited in important museums such as the MOMA.
He taught for 20 years at the Royal College of Arts in London and was nominated as a royal designer.He also taught at Domus Academy in Milan and has also been an honorary member of the Royal Scottish Incorporation of Architects.
Condition: Very good. Light wear consistent with age. A few minor scuff marks have been filled in with dark wax.