The Mauro Chair is a stackable timber chair with plenty of character. Created by Italian designer Mauro Pasquinelli in the 1970s, it has been rediscovered by Established & Sons and given a sculptural 21st-century makeover.
The chair had not previously gone into production due to its challenging geometries and curves, explains Sebastian Wrong. “When it was originally designed you could never have made a sophisticated chair like this at a competitive price point, simply because the technology didn't exist.”
The tale of the Mauro Chair is about the expertise and know-how of a district in Italy, the chair-making triangle located in and around the town of Manzano in the north-eastern province of Udine, northern Italy. And about chance.
A year ago Wrong and his colleague Federico Gregorutti were visiting a factory in Manzano when they spotted a chair that seemed special, “it was just one of many chairs on the factory floor that had been there forever and was used randomly by employees who needed to sit down to do something,” says Wrong. “In their eyes, it was just a comfortable chair they used to carry out tasks, it had become invisible.” Intrigued, Wrong and his team embarked on a search for the designer of the chair. Eventually, they tracked it back to Mauro Pasquinelli, a once prolific but relatively little-known designer based in Scandicci outside Florence.
A self-confessed perfectionist, when Wrong and Gregorutti visited Pasquinelli for the first time, he told them about a prototype in his attic that he considered an evolution on the chair they had seen. The backrest on this later chair featured sophisticated curves, the seat was lighter, the legs more defined and there were elegant chamfered edges on the backrest. This is the chair that was to become Established & Sons’ Mauro Chair.
We hold a range of items in stock from all the brands we work with, these focus on product such as dining chairs, coffee tables, side tables, dining tables, lighting, outdoor furniture, beds barstools and a small amount of upholstered items. These can normally be ready for dispatch with in 3 - 4 days as receiving an order.
Made to Order
We work slightly differently to some other retailers where most of our upholstered items are made to order, this way we can produce a product that is unique to you. This process starts with understanding your requirements and our consultants offering furniture solutions that are best suited to you. In terms of fabric there are many possibilities outside of what you just see on this site and we are happy to discuss what will work best for you and your environment.
We strive to keep a selection of our best sellers from the import brands we work with in stock, but to keep this range diverse we aren’t able to hold all items in stock, so a number of our imported items will have lead time out of Europe. We can provide further lead time information during the time of enquiring as this can vary depending on the time of the year.
Wenge Stained Ash
Seat height 450H, back 770H, 515W, 490D.
Mauro Pasquinelli is one of Italy’s most prolific and respected chair designers. Born in Scandicci, Florence, in the 1930s, he had his first taste of furniture making as a child in the workshop of his carpenter father. After graduating from the Florence Art Institute in 1951, he won a series of awards, quickly establishing himself as a significant talent during a period when the Italian design industry was becoming a world leader.
Designing more than 50 successful chairs, he became a staple name in the ‘Triangle of the Chair’, an area of north-eastern Italy near the city of Udine responsible for the design and manufacturing of a huge swathe of the world’s most successful wooden seating products. His pieces have regularly featured in exhibitions across Italy and further afield in Cologne, Chicago and Ljubljana. Now in his 80s, he is still designing in Scandicci, and his work is being revisited outside Italy through his collaboration with Established & Sons.
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