Ernesto Valabrega armchair made in Italy 1950





The brutalist armchair designed by Ernesto Valabrega in the 1950s is a striking piece of mid-century Italian craftsmanship. Constructed from solid cedar wood, this chair epitomizes the rugged elegance characteristic of brutalist design. The dark-stained wood exudes a rich, deep hue that enhances the chair’s imposing presence, while its rough-hewn texture adds to its raw aesthetic appeal. Complementing the robust wooden frame are the brown leather seat and backrest, meticulously attached with solid copper nails. This choice of materials and the meticulous detailing of the copper fasteners lend the chair an air of sophistication amidst its stark simplicity. The leather, aged to perfection, provides a comfortable yet durable seating surface, balancing the chair’s sturdy form with a touch of luxury.


A testament to Valabrega’s innovative design philosophy, the chair is engineered without the use of glue or screws. Instead, it relies on an ingenious system of interlocking wooden blocks, allowing it to be fully disassembled and reassembled with ease. This method not only showcases the designer’s mastery of woodworking but also ensures the chair’s longevity and structural integrity.


The design is confirmed by Valabrega’s grandson, this armchair remains in very good original condition, a testament to its enduring quality and timeless design. It stands not only as a functional piece of furniture but also as a highly decorative object, embodying the brutalist ethos while maintaining an undeniable elegance. This armchair is a stunning example of Valabrega’s work, reflecting his ability to blend raw, minimalist forms with meticulous craftsmanship.

Designer: Ernesto Valabrega
Type: Armchair
Manufacturer: Unknown
Year: 1950
Country: Italy
Materials: Stained cedar, leather, copper
Condition: Very good, original
Height: 79/43 cm
Width: 97 cm
Depth: 62 cm
Item nr: APF24JA12

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