Armchair with seat and back shell in compact polyurethane moulded together with expanded polyurethane, 5-star base in die-cast aluminium, upholstered in Pelle Frau® leather.
Alias revisits a key archive project by Pio Manzù, the brilliant protagonist of Italian automobile design during the sixties. The idea materialised at the GAMeC of Bergamo where the archives of Pio Manzù’s work are stored. The attention was drawn to a prototype chair clearly taking its inspiration from the automobile industry. The re-edition began and finally reached its completion.
(1939-1969) He was the son of the great sculptor Giacomo Manzù. 1959 he began his studies as an industrial designer joining the Hochschule für Gestaltung at Ulm graduating with a thesis on the “safe tractor”. Since 1967 he worked as a consultant for Fiat, designing the City Taxi, the Autobianchi Coupé and the Fiat 127. He also focused on creating other objects, like Cronotime produced by the Ritz Italora; the Parentesi lamp for Flos and the “physiological armchair” designed in 1967 for La Rinascente and launched by Alias in 2011 as manzù armchair.