Mezzadro Stool

Designed by:  Achille Castiglioni
Manufactured by:  Zanotta

The Mezzadro stool is part of Achille + Piergiacomo Castiglioni’s Ready Made Collection of furniture and lighting from the late 1950s and early 1960s that includes the Sella Stool also manufactured by Zanotta as well as the Arco and Toio floor lamps produced by Flos.  The premise of the collection was to recontextualize extant objects in unexpected ways.  With Mezzadro, the seat is actually a tractor seat that has been fitted with a chromed steel base that culminates in a footrest of steam-treated natural beech.  The stool becomes an engaging, impromptu seat – the base even provides a bit of flex when combined with the weight of the user.  When not in use, Mezzadro functions akin to an engaging Dadaist floor sculpture.  Its seat is available in a choice of enamel lacquer colors – orange, red, yellow, white, or black. Mezzadro is included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Munich’s Die Neue Sammlung, and Paris’ Musée d’Art National Moderne and Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Manufactured by Zanotta.

Designed in 1957.

19.3" W, 20.1" D, 20.1” H
$975.00
Designed by:  Achille Castiglioni
Manufactured by:  Zanotta

The Mezzadro stool is part of Achille + Piergiacomo Castiglioni’s Ready Made Collection of furniture and lighting from the late 1950s and early 1960s that includes the Sella Stool also manufactured by Zanotta as well as the Arco and Toio floor lamps produced by Flos.  The premise of the collection was to recontextualize extant objects in unexpected ways.  With Mezzadro, the seat is actually a tractor seat that has been fitted with a chromed steel base that culminates in a footrest of steam-treated natural beech.  The stool becomes an engaging, impromptu seat – the base even provides a bit of flex when combined with the weight of the user.  When not in use, Mezzadro functions akin to an engaging Dadaist floor sculpture.  Its seat is available in a choice of enamel lacquer colors – orange, red, yellow, white, or black. Mezzadro is included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Munich’s Die Neue Sammlung, and Paris’ Musée d’Art National Moderne and Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Manufactured by Zanotta.

Designed in 1957.

19.3" W, 20.1" D, 20.1” H
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Designed by:  Achille Castiglioni
Manufactured by:  Zanotta

The Mezzadro stool is part of Achille + Piergiacomo Castiglioni’s Ready Made Collection of furniture and lighting from the late 1950s and early 1960s that includes the Sella Stool also manufactured by Zanotta as well as the Arco and Toio floor lamps produced by Flos.  The premise of the collection was to recontextualize extant objects in unexpected ways.  With Mezzadro, the seat is actually a tractor seat that has been fitted with a chromed steel base that culminates in a footrest of steam-treated natural beech.  The stool becomes an engaging, impromptu seat – the base even provides a bit of flex when combined with the weight of the user.  When not in use, Mezzadro functions akin to an engaging Dadaist floor sculpture.  Its seat is available in a choice of enamel lacquer colors – orange, red, yellow, white, or black. Mezzadro is included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Munich’s Die Neue Sammlung, and Paris’ Musée d’Art National Moderne and Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Manufactured by Zanotta.

Designed in 1957.

19.3" W, 20.1" D, 20.1” H

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“Many people might deem it an exaggeration to present the products of just one manufacturer as a ‘micromodel’ of Italian furniture design in its entirety. However, if it makes no sense to claim that Zanotta’s production alone represents all the key moments of the Italian design history of the last sixty years, we must admit that this history could not be written without referring to its contribution.” - Emilio Ambasz, 1988

From its inception in 1954, Zanotta has been known for the quality, function, and comfort of its furniture designs – all underscored with a remarkable commitment to research and experimentation with materials and technology to enable new aesthetics. Zanotta’s catalogue of iconic modern and contemporary designs chronicles the evolution of Italian furniture design within the 20th and 21st centuries.