Design: Gatti, Paolini, Teodoro, 1968
Sacco Icons of Italian design After fifty years, what is there left to write about one of the icons of Italian design that, still today, communicates the absolute strength of ideas – that is, when such strength really exists? Nowhere, in the written history of design, is this object not positioned among the top ten icons that changed the perspective of our beloved field forever and for everyone. Perhaps we can add that – beyond the desecrating gesture of filling a sack (Sacco) with polystyrene balls in order to transform it into the most informal, most versatile, most irreverent, most freeing, most soft, most ergonomic and ‘most’ everything chair – there is no defined shape. It is for this very reason that it has survived, untouched by time, through seasons, fashions and every ‘ism’ imaginable, preserving the greatest value of all: being a concept that well beyond the seasons, arriving undamaged to the present day, is ready to be adapted into versions for children and teenagers, because to encourage smiles and fun even while sitting in an ‘armchair’ is not a luxury reserved for adults.
History of the designer
Zanotta’s story has been intertwined with men’s stories ever since 1954: the men who were in charge of the cultural project, those who put their hands at the disposal of the company’s vision, those who performed untiring technological and experimental research to shape the dreams of architects and designers with beauty. But also of those men and women who built their own living environment around this symbolic, ?uid, light-weight and ironic imaginary notion; those men and women across the world who have made up Zanotta’s target for over sixty years. The outcome of this painstaking care, courage and know-how is a collection that is one-of-a-kind in the design world, having involved more than one hundred designers who conceived 550 products of which 304 are now in museum collections all over the world.
A story that is the story of 20th Century design and architecture and also a perfect anthropological inventory of its constituent projects. Today, Zanotta is the warm, domestic and informal side of the Tecno group.
Materials: Vip fabric covering, internal wrapping in high resistance expanded polystyrene balls
Estimated between 20/02/2020 and 11/03/2020