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Giancarlo Piretti

The best-known seats by Giancarlo Piretti (Bologna, 1940) stand out in the history of 20th century design as made in Italy icons. From the folding chair Plia, exhibited in the permanent collection of the MoMA in New York and designed in 1967 for Anonima Castelli, up to the padded Alky armchair, made in 1971 for the same brand (for which the designer began working designing interiors and furniture after attending the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna), Piretti’s furnishings combine aesthetics, comfort and modularity. Among the numerous awards he obtained on an international scale, the designer won two Compasso d’Oro, the first in 1981 for the Vertebra seating system; the second in 1988 for the Piretti Collection series of office chairs, a system of over 50 seating models based on a patented mechanism that adjusts the tension of the backrest according to the user's weight.

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