There was a posting of two armchairs in May. There was a flower pattern re-upholstering and they were in the Cortina area. Clearly these were two arm-chairs designed by Gigi Radice and made by Minotti in the 50s.
I was able to get there with a van in September, when I had another group of chairs to bring to the restoration facility.
Chairs were from a villa in the Dolomite Alps. A charming stone little village…. all pedestrian. Here Gabriele, my brother-in-law, resting a bit before moving them to the van
Paolo, my restorer and upholsterer, as he saw the chairs, said he felt so old, because when he started working as a young kid he was making them!.
“I can prove it”, said smiling, I can see these two chairs has been upholstered over the original fabric, and it’s probably a red or blue “ciniglia” (candlewick, chenille fabric).
I took the scissor and….he was right. Here an original advertising of Minotti, there is no date but phone number had 4 digits…
Note at the bottom: Disegno arch. Gigi Radice not designer.
Unfortunately the original fabric was ruined and could not be kept. The fabric is not original, but the upholsterer is! I am amazed by coincidences of life.
I used a soft cotton/polyester velvet that I used for other tufted arm chairs. Old english rose color.
Very elegant. A beautiful comfortable iconic mid-century modern arm-chair that would enhance any living room or studio.