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1957

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1978

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Mezzadro Stool

This is a stool. It was designed by Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and Achille Castiglioni and manufactured by Zanotta S.p.A.. It is dated 1957 and we acquired it in 1978. Its medium is lacquered metal, chrome-plated bent steel, beechwood. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Mezzadro is a cantilevered red tractor seat mounted on a curved, strap-like, chrome-plated steel base with a beech crossbar terminus as the footrest. The bright-red, industrially-manufactured seat, and the stool’s name (“sharecropper,” in Italian), simultaneously reference modern mass production and Italian agricultural practices.

This object was donated by International Contract Furninshings, Inc.. It is credited Gift of International Contract Furninshings, Inc..

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  • steel, enamel, vinyl.
  • Gift of Mel Byars.
  • 1991-59-3
  • Paro Goblet
  • glass.
  • Gift of Bruno Danese snc.
  • 1986-36-2

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 51 x 49 x 50 cm (20 1/16 x 19 5/16 x 19 11/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Mezzadro Stool; Designed by Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and Achille Castiglioni; Italy; lacquered metal, chrome-plated bent steel, beechwood; H x W x D: 51 x 49 x 50 cm (20 1/16 x 19 5/16 x 19 11/16 in.); Gift of International Contract Furninshings, Inc.; 1978-144-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making Design.

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