Mezzadro Stool

Chromium-plated steel stem. Seat lacquered in the colours: orange, red, yellow, white or black. Footrest in steam-treated beech, natural colour.

 

With this rather unusual homage name, (Mezzadro means "sharecropper" in Italian) the object brings to mind Neo Vanguardism, from the provocative nature of Arte Povera to the irony of Pop Art. Like a work by Duchamp, the assembly of craft-based and industrial components holds together: the farming world in the sheet metal seat (from a Fiat tractor) and the steel crossbow, the cycling world in the fixing pin and the nautical one in the beech wood crosspiece.

 

H 20.5 in. x W 19 in. x D 20.5 in.

 

H 52.07 cm x W 48.26 cm x D 52.07 cm

 

The Mezzadro stool, in production since 1971 and available in orange, red, yellow, white, and black, is present in countless permanent collections around the world, including New York’s MoMA and The Dallas Museum of Art.

 

Zanotta | Achille Castiglioni, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni | 1957