CL9 ribbon chairs for Bernini
Pair of rare CL9 ribbon chairs by Cesare Leonardi and Franca Stagi for Bernini Italy.
Designed / launched by whom/when: Italian architects Cesare Leonardi and Franca Stagi created the CL9 ribbon chair in 1961. The Design duo’s ‘atelier’ became a supplier of unique and interesting interior objects during the 60s & 70s, and included the ‘dondola’ a fibreglass rocking chair now on permanent exhibit at MOMA New York.
Inspiration: The use of fibreglass as a furniture material was economically viable in Italy during the 1960s. It was appreciated by Leonardi and Stagi for being corrosive-proof, of high strength and excellent in appearance. Production of these chairs became economically unviable following the 1973 oil crisis.
Fabrication: A singular ‘ribbon’ of fibreglass with a high gloss paint finish, cantilevered on a triangular, chromed tubular steel base.
Hidden Features: The cantilever provides a subtle springiness.
Design Consigned Stylist: Poolside ‘Palm Springs’ perfection or inside, these chairs blur the line between art and design.
Design Consigned Collector: Authentic 1970s originals made in Modena Italy. In very good condition with 3-4 small detracting faults.
Priced at $7840 as a pair.
- Dimensions: H64cm W100cm D72cm
- Condition: 4/5
- Cesare Leonardi