Sella Stool

Designed by:  Achille Castiglioni
Manufactured by:  Zanotta

The Sella 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 Mezzadro 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 every day, extant objects in unexpected ways.  With Sella, its saddle leather seat is something that one actually associates with a bicycle.  Here it has been placed upon a columnar support in pink enamel lacquer – its well-weighted cast iron base in the shape of a hemisphere allows the user to quite literally “ride” the stool by moving around with one’s feet planted on the floor.  When not in use, Sella resembles an engaging Dadaist floor sculpture.  While designed in 1957, Sella was not placed into production until 1983.  Sella is included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide including London’s Design Museum, Germany’s Vitra Design Museum, and Musée d’Art National Moderne, Paris.  Manufactured by Zanotta.

Designed in 1957; production beginning in 1983.

13” D (base diameter), 28” H
$1,216.00
Designed by:  Achille Castiglioni
Manufactured by:  Zanotta

The Sella 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 Mezzadro 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 every day, extant objects in unexpected ways.  With Sella, its saddle leather seat is something that one actually associates with a bicycle.  Here it has been placed upon a columnar support in pink enamel lacquer – its well-weighted cast iron base in the shape of a hemisphere allows the user to quite literally “ride” the stool by moving around with one’s feet planted on the floor.  When not in use, Sella resembles an engaging Dadaist floor sculpture.  While designed in 1957, Sella was not placed into production until 1983.  Sella is included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide including London’s Design Museum, Germany’s Vitra Design Museum, and Musée d’Art National Moderne, Paris.  Manufactured by Zanotta.

Designed in 1957; production beginning in 1983.

13” D (base diameter), 28” H
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Designed by:  Achille Castiglioni
Manufactured by:  Zanotta

The Sella 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 Mezzadro 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 every day, extant objects in unexpected ways.  With Sella, its saddle leather seat is something that one actually associates with a bicycle.  Here it has been placed upon a columnar support in pink enamel lacquer – its well-weighted cast iron base in the shape of a hemisphere allows the user to quite literally “ride” the stool by moving around with one’s feet planted on the floor.  When not in use, Sella resembles an engaging Dadaist floor sculpture.  While designed in 1957, Sella was not placed into production until 1983.  Sella is included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide including London’s Design Museum, Germany’s Vitra Design Museum, and Musée d’Art National Moderne, Paris.  Manufactured by Zanotta.

Designed in 1957; production beginning in 1983.

13” D (base diameter), 28” H

Zanotta

“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.

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