In 1947, Aldo Bai, Pio Reggiani, Aldo Barassi, and architect Marco Zanuso conducted experiments and researched with foam rubber and elastic tapes. Arflex was only formally introduced in 1951 at the IX Triennale in Milan. This Italian brand has not only produced several iconic pieces like the Lady armchair, but has also dealt in the creation of car seats for Fiat.
1. The Fiorenza armchair by Franco Albini (1952) was once used to promote the potential of foam rubber, an advanced material at the time. It has been used for upholstered furniture in a 50’s Pirelli advertisement.
2. Cini Boeri’s Pecorelle chairs (1972) are preceded by the Strips chair (1968). The result: a new “Strips” that resembled sheep with thin black legs. The Pecorelle chairs comprise an armchair and a small sofa. The architect was inspired by the works of Christo Vladimirov Javasev and Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon, both masters in landscape painting.