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Camel Leather & Walnut Sofa from De Pas, D'Urbino Lomazzi for Padova - 1970s


Mid-century-modern couch, camel leather, walnut, De Pas, D'Urbino & Lomazzi, Padova, Italy. Comfortable and gorgeous seating piece by these italian masters. The patina of the leather is just how we like it to be. All cushions in great shape, no particular wear. The segmented walnut sides and back give it a very high end vintage look. An uncommon , but superb design.
Paolo Lomazzi’s collaboration with Jonathan De Pas and Donato D’Urbino began in 1966. In the 60’s-70’s they developed a specific interest in creating furniture and temporary architecture with industrially advanced materials and technology. They designed and built a series of pneumatic structures for the Italian Pavilion at the World Exposition in Osaka, for the XIV Triennale of Milan and for Eurodomus. In 1967 they designed an inflatable armchair called Blow and since then have been working in the industrial design field. They planned and built industrial and residential buildings and extended their focus to the diverse areas of industrial products: home and office equipment, lighting, electronics, bathroom fixtures, etc. Their designs have been produced by well known companies such as: Acerbis, Alessi, Artemide, BBB Bonacina, Bellato-Pallucco, Bonacina Pierantonio, Bonaldo, Cassina-Marcatre, Driade, De Padova, Giannini, Lualdi Porte, Lumina Italia, MDF Italia, Naos, Valli & Valli, Poltronova, Quattrocchio, Robots, Scavolini, Stilnovo, Tonelli, Zanotta, Zerodisegno, Roset, Koizumi, and Santa&Cole.
Since 1970 they have participated in many exhibitions, including the Triennale, the Eurodomus, “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape” at MOMA in New York in 1972, the Bio in Ljubljana and in many Compasso d’Oro and ADI travelling exhibitions.They designed interiors and objects for several prestigious institutions: the ritual lamps for the Jerusalem Museum, the SAD exhibitions in Paris (1985 and 1987), the United Nations’s booth at the XVII Triennale (1988), the fittings for “Italianische Mobel Design 1950/80” held at the Staadtmuseum in Cologne (1982) and for SIAL in Paris (1992) ordered by ICE. In 1983 they took part in the Scientific and Organizing Committee of the ICSID Congress. They have received much recognition and many awards, including the Compasso d’Oro of 1979, awards at the Bio 7 (1977) and Bio 9 (1981) in Ljubljana, the Design Award Winner of 1998 in Hannover, the Wallpaper Design Awards “Best Domestic Design” in 2009. Their works are in the design collections of several museums, including: the Museum of Modern Art and The Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, The Denver Art Museum in Colorado, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Design Museum of London, the Kunstgewerbe Museums in Zurich and Berlin, the Staatliches Museum fur angewandte Kunst in Munich, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Jerusalem Museum in Israel, the Triennale in Milan, and the Vitra Design Museum in Weil-am-Rhein. The historical literature on Italian design and the major international publications about architecture and design document their work. Feature articles on their work have been published by, among others, “Japan Interior Design” in 1977. In 1989 Rima Editrice published the monograph De Pas D’Urbino Lomazzi by Fabio Conti. In 2011 a further more complete monograph titled De Pas D’Urbino Lomazzi was dedicated to their work by Daniele Baroni and Santino Limonta for the RDE types – Ricerche Design Editrice. Hachette published a monograph on their works in 2011. Others monographs were dedicated to the studio by Vanni Pasca (De Pas, D’Urbino e Lomazzi. Il gioco e le regole, 2012), Maria Teresa Feraboli (L’archivio dello Studio De Pas, D’Urbino, Lomazzi, “I Quaderni del CASVA”, n°13, 2012 and Opere e progetti, 2013). In 1987, the exhibition “De Pas, D’Urbino, Lomazzi” was inaugurated at the temple Daikaku-Ji, Kyoto and in 1992. A monographic exposition named “A three voiced choir” was organized in 1992 in the IZM Tokyo Gallery of the Koizumi firm. In 2011 a further monographic exposition with the same title, to testify the firm’s activity, was organized by the ISAI (Istituto Superiore Architettura Interni Pier Giacomo Castiglioni) of Vicenza at the gallery Lanificio Conte di Schio (VI). “The game and the Rules” is the title of the monographic exposition dedicated by the Triennale of Milan to their work in 2012. An other exposition was organized in 2012 at Politecnico di Milano: “La ‘freschezza dell’idea’. De Pas, D’Urbino, Lomazzi”. In 2013 an exibition was organized in Geneve at Arcadia Gallery.
The archive recording their work was declared of “particular historical interest” by the Minister for Cultural Patrimony and Activities. It was donated in 2010 to the CASVA (Centro di Alti Studi sulle Arti Visive) of Milan to allow conservation and consultation. Jonathan De Pas passed away in 1991. D’Urbino and Lomazzi have continued to work together until 2017. Now they continue their activities independently.
The designing activities of Paolo Lomazzi go together with teaching at the Faculty of Design of the Politecnico of Milan since 2001 to 2007, the IUAV of Venice since 2005 to 2010, the ISAI of Vicenza since 2010 to 2015.
In 2018 received the ADI Compasso d’Oro Career award.
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Walnut & Leather
W 227 cm, D 88 cm, H 80 cm, SH 42 cm

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