Left: RITO VALLA - Armchair "Kosmo", wood, brass, metal, upholstered, IPE, 1950s
Right: ICO PARISI - Pair of armchairs, metal, plywood, upholstered, Cassina, 1955

In 1959, brothers Pompeo and Vittorio Cavalli founded Imbottiture Prodotti Espansi (IPE) near Bologna. They were the first designers to use the then-new plastic polyurethane for furniture production. This material had previously been used exclusively in the upholstery of car seats by manufacturers Lancia.

The first products launched using polyurethane was the "Kosmo" and "Mercury" armchairs designed by Paolo Buffa. In 1961, IPE presented them at the first edition of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, where they were a groundbreaking success.


Left: GINO SARFATTI - wall lamp, brass, aluminum, Arteluce, 1951
Middle: VITTORIANO VIGANO - wall lamp, metal, aluminum, Arteluce, 1950s
Right: GIUSEPPE OSTUNI - floor lamp, marble, brass, aluminum, plastic, Oluce, 1950s

The auction will also feature two wall lights were created by Gino Sarfatti and Vittoriano Vigano in the 1950s for Arteluce, a lighting design manufactory founded by Sarfatti in 1939 in Milan.

This floor lamp was designed by Giuseppe Ostuni. Ostuni had founded Oluce in 1945, a company which exclusively designed lamps. This piece was created in the 1950s.

blog.php-214 Max Ingrand

Left: Mirror, wood, glass, brass, Fontana Arte, 1960s
Right: Illuminated Mirror, Fontana Arte, 1960s

PAOLO BUFFA - Dressing table, wood, brass, glass, 1940s PAOLO BUFFA - Dressing table, wood, brass, glass, 1940s

Arguably the most highly prized lots in the auction are two mirrors designed by French designer Max Ingrand in the 1960s for Fontana Arte. Fontana Arte, established in 1881, specialized in lamps and furniture made of or featuring glass. In the early years of the company, they produced glass panels only, it was not until the 1930s, when renowned Italian designer Gio Ponti joined the firm, that they started to expand their designs. In 1954, Max Ingrand was appointed Artistic Director at Fontana Arte.

blog.php-216 Unknown manufacturer - coffee table, wood, glass, Italy 1950s

Paolo Buffa: Milan's biggest name in interior design in the 1930s. Well versed in a variety of styles, including Neoclassicism, this piece from the 1940s is attributed to Buffa.

All pieces featured will be part of Wannanes' sales on 14th and 15th December, 2017. Check out more here.