Mezzadro Stool

A work made of enameled steel, chrome-plated steel, beech.

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  • A work made of enameled steel, chrome-plated steel, beech.

Date:

1957

Artist:

Achille Castiglioni (Italian, 1918-2002)
Pier Giacomo Castiglioni (Italian, 1913-1968)
Manufactured by Zanotta (Italian, founded 1954)

About this artwork

Acting out of both practical and intellectual motives, Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni designed the Mezzadro Stool by bolting a tractor seat to a chrome and wood base. They were also inspired by the readymades of early 20th-century artist Marcel Duchamp, which combined preexisting objects into inventive constructions with new uses. By engaging in similar acts of appropriation, designers were able to create surprise and novelty with forms made from found materials.

On View

Architecture and Design, Gallery 285

Artists

Achille Castiglioni , Piergiacomo Castiglioni , Zanotta S.p.A. (Manufacturer)

Title

Mezzadro Stool

Date

1957

Medium

Enameled steel, chrome-plated steel, beech

Dimensions

53 × 49.5 × 53 cm (20 3/4 × 19 1/2 × 21 in.)

Credit Line

Architecture Purchase Account Fund

Reference Number

2015.600

Extended information about this artwork

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