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Sacco Chair

1968-1969 (made)
Place of origin

Chair with a roughly pear shaped seamed 'skinflex' (plastic) cover, containing expanded polystyrene beads.

Object details

Object type
TitleSacco Chair (manufacturer's title)
Materials and techniques
Polyurethane-coated fabric, expanded polystyrene beads
Brief description
Chair, designed 1968-1969 by the Design Studi, Turin (member designers: Piero Gatti, Cesare Paolini, Franco Teodoro), manufactured by Zanotta, Milan.
Physical description
Chair with a roughly pear shaped seamed 'skinflex' (plastic) cover, containing expanded polystyrene beads.
  • Height: 128cm (Note: Measurement taken from department files)
  • Depth: 90cm (Note: Measurement taken from department files)
Production typeMass produced
Object history
The Sacco chair was offered in either natural hide or plastic cover, and in a range of more than eight colours. Claimed to contain twelve million plastic granules, it was described by the manufacturers as 'The chair of 1001 nights (1000 positions by day, one position by night, marvellously comfortable)'.
Bibliographic references
  • 'Polyurethane-coated textiles found on furniture from the 1960s amd 1970s: their manufacture, deterioration and consolidation'; V&A/RCA Conservation MA thesis by Barbara Schertel, 2006, considering this chair and Circ.431-1970
  • Roger Griffith, Two Pooped-out Pop Chairs: What is the Future for our Plastic Collections? in V&A Conservation Journal, issue 21, October 1996
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Record createdAugust 9, 2006
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