In 1947 Carlo Barassi, engineer of Pirelli, together with Renato Teani, in the financial dpt. of Pirelli, Pio Reggiani and Aldo Bai, founded the company Ar-flex (flexible furniture), that became later arflex.
They worked together with a young architect Marzo Zanuso and began to experiment the use of foam rubber and elastic tapes for the furniture market.
In history and life of a company there are events and moments of special meaning, which are awards for merit acknowledged by everybody. Those first memorable moments in the history of arflexcoincide with the company's creation, in modest premises in Milan's Corso di Porta Vittoria. It was there that the first manufacturing and sales team was formed, but the arflex company was only presented to the public for the first time in 1951, at the IX Triennale in Milan,after two years of experimentations. This early contact with a wider audience in the context of an avant-garde artistic event is intensely significant in the company's history, because right this experimental interest, if not separated from commercial purposes, shows the will of creating high technological and esthetical level products, based on deep research and experimentation. The golden medal at the IX Triennale assigned to Lady armchair was above all recognition of Arflex manufacturing philosophy.
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Arflex fokuserar ständigt på kulturella experiment, vilket gör det möjligt att införa nya tekniska produkter som var helt nya vid den tiden, som till exempel fyra modeller av Marco Zanuso: Lady Armchair (1951, Medaglia d'Oro Award i IX Triennale) , Sov-o-matisk soffa (1951, Medaglia d'Oro vid X Triennale), Martingala fåtölj (1952), Fourline fåtölj (1964, Medaglia d'oro vid XIII Triennale), sedan Fiorenza fåtölj (Franco Albini, 1952), Lucania stol (De Carlo 1954), Delfino fåtölj (Carboni, första exempel på djurdesign), Cubo fåtölj (Castiglioni 1957), gjord vid evenemanget i Como "Färger och former i dagens hem" som prototyp och aldrig sätta i produktion.
Mellan 1951 och 1954 producerade arflex olika modeller av bilsits utformad av Carlo Barassi ('MilleMiglia' och 'Sedile Lettino' som är lämplig för 'Fiat Topolino'). Dessa var monterade i bilen istället för standard produktionssäten och gav utmärkt komfort tack vare användningen av skumgummi och elastiska band. De täcker avlägsnades och sitsarna var flappbara. Arflex strävade för att bidra till komforten hos de italienare som började resa.
Nothing stays in the past and the concept of the peninsula has evolved: made in solid wood slats with threaded rods and special inlays, one side stands on the kitchen worktop, where it creates an absolutely innovative designer corner.

Innovation and tradition

Blade brings innovation and tradition in its design and choice of materials; resin, stoneware and distressed wood, materials from the past reminiscent of unforgettable experiences that warm our hearts and take us back to the most classical dimensions found in the niche boiserie panels and the 8cm thick large shelves in distressed larch.