Rare Eugenio Gerli P28 Lounge Chair for Tecno, circa 1958
Rare Eugenio Gerli P28 lounge chair for Tecno Italy, circa 1958. Leather with a tiger wood frame.
The tiger wood frame is in good original condition with minor wear and patina. The leather upholstery has been updated at some time. The leather upholstery shows only minor wear. Please see pictures.
H 24.88 in. x W 33 in. x D 27.75 in.
H 63.2 cm x W 83.82 cm x D 70.49 cm
13.25 in. (33.66 cm)
Inventor with Osvaldo Borsani of the historical working system called Graphis (1968), the architect Eugenio Gerli designed for Tecno some icons; among them the PS142 and S142 armchairs.
On the wall of my grandfather's house, where I was born, there was a tablet with the engraving "living to build". And that is how it has been. I became an architect in 1949, after two years of engineering studies. I immediately began to design on a regular basis, collaborating and measuring swords with customers, colleagues, artists and builders; 25 years after I have been joined by my sons Enrico and Guido, just graduated.
I will express my curriculum by concentrating it in only 6 moments of different design activities. Beginning with the Cardiology Clinic in Laveno-Monbello (1950), Ambasciatori movie theater in Milan (1954). Commerce and Tourism Union in Milan, in corso Venezia 47-49, renovation and restoration of the Castiglioni Palace (1903) and the Bovara Palace (1787) – Interior decoration by Tecno among the numerous projects in the country, on the seaside and in the mountains I have chosen the “Club House” the headquarters of the "la Pinetina” golf club (Appiano Gentile).
I have worked and traveled a lot outside Italy, in the USA, Europe, Africa, Persia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia: I have chosen the "living room dome" on the terrace of a palace in Riyadh built in glass protected by circular metal "rings" (1980) - in collaboration with Osvaldo Borsani. I have designed and built many residential buildings in Milan and Rome; subsequently new headquarters with turnkey design for banks, industrial plants, offices.
Interior architecture: “El Toulà” restaurant in Milan, Hotel “Carlton Baglioni” in via Senato in Milano, numerous apparel showrooms and offices for “Etro”, private residences.
Already as a student I began to experiment with "new" materials: plastic felt, curved plywood, and in the winter of 1948 I participated in an exhibition at Fede Cheti with a three-legged stool.
I participated in the IX Triennial, with four models that concretely concluded my studies.
I collaborate with Rima, based in Padua, realizing a pivoting office armchair with an elastic joint on a central support in cast aluminum.
1957 saw the beginning of a new and intense season that has lasted more than 35 years, during which I have worked closely and regularly with the Borsani brothers, and in other words with Tecno.
This exclusive collaboration has proceeded along with my professional activity, sometimes merging with the latter.
I have worked closely with Osvaldo and with the Research Department, creating many of the products of the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties; it is sometimes hard to pinpoint who authored the initial idea and the final design.