Maralunga 3-Seater Sofa, Newly Reupholstered by Vico Magistretti

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Legend has it that when Italian furniture designer Vico Magistretti brought his prototype for Maralunga to its founder, Cesare Cassina, the founder was so disgusted by it that he punched it, breaking the back of the sofa, which crumbled over itself. (“Right, great, it looks perfect to me like that,” Magistretti allegedly responded.) The new design stuck: Cassina debuted Magistretti’s design in 1973. The Maralunga is characterized by what looks like a slumped backrest but is really an adjustable-height headrest, moved by way of a bicycle chain that runs underneath its plush foam cushions.

Here, the 70s shaped-sofa is newly reupholstered in plush pink velvet, lending further to its icon status.

93"W - 34"D - 29"H

seat: 16"H



Magistretti was a prominent champion of Italian Design, the cultural movement that spread Italian style throughout the world during the post-war period. His approach was based on close collaboration between designers and manufacturers throughout the process - from definition of concept to execution of the final product. A great advocate of mass production, he was fascinated by the possibility of reproducing an object several times to ensure furniture for everyone, as the Bauhaus motto states. He has worked for numerous brands creating pieces that have become true icons, many of which are still in production today. They include the Eclisse lamp for Artemide, the Atollo lamp for Oluce, the Maralunga sofa and the Nuvola Rossa bookcase for Cassina, the Nathalie bed and Tadao for Flou. For Magistretti, a good design object can and must last 50 or 100 years. 

Condition: Vintage