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In the MoMA Collection

Mezzadro Seat

Mezzadro Seat

Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, 1957

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Product Description

Mezzadro Seat

Known for their witty repurposing of unorthodox objects, brothers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni created the Mezzadro seat by attaching a tractor seat to a steel stem. Unveiled at the 1957 Triennial at Villa Olmo, the Mezzadro was lauded for its inventiveness. It has since become a classic example of mid-twentieth century design ingenuity and is now featured in the Museum’s collection. Made with chromium-plated steel stem, red lacquered seat, and steam-treated beech footrest.

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History

Mid-Century Design

Following World War II, a number of factors combined to foster a new direction in home products and furniture. New materials, such as molded plywood and plastic, and advances in mass production techniques opened a world of design options. Through the efforts of companies like Herman Miller, their longtime design director George Nelson, and the influential team of Charles and Ray Eames, these new designs could be produced for a broad market. A new vocabulary of ergonomic form, versatile function, and synthetic material emerged—and some of the most beloved furniture of the century was created.

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Product Specs

Type Objects of Desire
Made In Italy
Size 20.25h x 19.5l x 20.25"w.
Materials Chromium-plated Steel, Lacquer, Beech
Featured Historic Design , In the MoMA Collection
Designer Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni
Date 1957