Pietro Derossi (1909-2000) was born in Verona, Italy and died in Agrate Brianza (Milan), Italy. The Pratone Lounge Chair is one of his most famous designs. It was designed in 1966 and produced by Gufram from 1986 within the collection "Tradizione e innovazione". This particular example was produced in 1986.

The Pratone Lounge Chair is an armchair with a circular backrest and outwardly inclined arms. The chair can be upholstered in the leather "Chinchilla" as seen here.

Its design was influenced by the author's lifelong experience with materials and techniques of traditional handicrafts, blended with modern industrial methods to come up with a seat that could survive an atomic bomb.

The Pratone chair is part of the permanent collection of Mid-Century Modern furniture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, USA. Please click on Image 2 to see larger version: Large (29 Kb), Medium (9.2 Kb) or Small (2.9 Kb).

Gufram delivered about 900 Pratone Collection lounge and dining chairs during 1978-1988, all of them with the same structure but upholstered in two or three colours of nubuck leather, often in combination with woolen fabric. It was designed by Pietro Derossi (1909-2000) and the collection was produced in Italy between 1986-1988. The technological study, which led to the realization of this armchair, involved a refinement of technical processes already mastered by Gufram, which went on to mass produce this product.

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