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A rare set of six dining chairs designed by Pier Luigi Colli and produced by his company Colli in the late 1940s. The black lacquered chairs are characterized by the scalloped pattern and carved finials on the backrests, and the carved front legs. A playful and elegant example of the late 1940s Italian design period.

The chairs are in very good condition. If desired, the chairs can be newly upholstered according to your personal wishes.

Biography: The history of the prestigious Colli furniture factory dates back to 1831, when Giuseppe Martinotti founded the Martinotti factory located on the Via Barbaroux 9 in Turin. This company produced furniture of the highest quality and participated in major international exhibitions such as the Centennial Exhbition in Philidelphia, in 1876. For an exhibition in Turin, the company collaborated with MIRAM, a textile company specializing in the production of embroideries, carpets, curtains and pillows. Pietro Colli, the father of Pierluigi, was the founder of MIRAM and took over the Martinotti business in 1926, creating a business capable of producing virtually every aspect of interior design.

After attending the l’Ecole des Art Decoratifs in Paris, Pierluigi Colli (1895-1968) follows in the footsteps of his father. Through his frequent travels to Paris, where he also attended the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs, Pierluigi was very well aware of the international design tendencies. Not only did Colli become a very dynamic and passionate entrepreneur, he also steered the family business into a more modern direction, using the extraordinary craftmanship and experience already present. Unsurprisingly, some of the most renowned architects including Carlo Mollino, Gio Ponti and Gabetti & Isola turned to Colli when realizing their designs.

Bibliography: Il mobile italiano degli anni 40-50, Irene De Guttry, page 138-141