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SOLD Foldable Table by Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli

Italy 1970s

This very rare Italian foldable table “Plana” by Giancarlo Piretti produced for Castelli in the 70s is one of the most interesting design exemplars. The round Plana table has a off-white molded plastic top over an polished aluminium base, marked by the manufacturer Castelli. The table is divided into 4 parts, that are easy to fold with a unique system. This unique piece has the height of a comfortable lounge table and can be used in any stylish interior as well as an eye-catcher in the pool and garden area.

Giancarlo Piretti, an Italian furniture designer, was born in Bologna ini 1940. Giancarlo Piretti attended the Istituto Statale d’Arte in Bologna until 1960. After finishing his studies, Giancarlo Piretti was employed by Anonima Castelli, where he was head designer until 1972 and also head of development. From 1963 until 1970, Giancarlo Piretti taught at his alma mater, the Istituto Statale d’Arte in Bologna. In 1969 Giancarlo Piretti came up with a design hit, the “Plia” folding chair, featuring a tubular steel frame and a seat and back of transparent plastic. When folded, the “Plia” is only 5 cm thick. In 1969 Giancarlo Piretti designed a folding table of the same name. In the late 1970s, Giancarlo Piretti collaborated with Emilio Ambasz on designing ergonomic office furniture, including the appropriately named “Vertebra” (1977) and “Dorsal” (1981) flexible office chairs.

Designer: Giancarlo Piretti

Manufacturer: Castelli

Materials and Techniques: Aluminium, Plastic

Place of Origin: Italy

Date of Manufacture: 1970s

Period: 1970 – 1979

Height: 72 cm, Width: 100 cm, Depth: 100 cm

Condition: In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use.

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