This unique sofa was designed by the Italian architect Fausto Bontempi, who mainly worked in and around Brescia. He Graduated from the Università Iuav di Venezia and later also worked as a professor of architecture. Throughout his career he has been responsible for numerous projects in and around Brescia. This exceptional work was made by the furniture maker named Francesco Sandrini, also hailing from the same city.
Commissioned at the time together with a number of other pieces of furniture for a prominent client with the surname Maggini, this sofa has a quality and a rare appearance. The frame has an architectural strength and beauty that is created by an alternation of unusual angles and vistas.
The outer part of the frame consisting of the front rail, front legs and armrests has a double layer where small square wooden blocks keep the distance. Blocks of Mansonia wood make up for the are connections that also provide beautiful detailing that can be seen over the entirety of the frame. Two more parts are, as it were, clamped between this layer, namely the subtle legs and the rail or beam that supports the seat. At this point you will realize the complexity of this design and it’s sheer beauty as the final outcome.
Mitred joints at the corners of the sharply rearwardly projecting armrests are truly exceptional. The dramatic effect is enhanced by the fact that the back is at an acute angle and falls within the armrests. The entire back consists of forty-four slats or bars and one is extended at the fifteenth and thirtieth slats, which therefore partially form the ""highback"" section.
This work by Bontempi is a tour-de-force and is completed by two reupholstered cushions made from a mix of linen and wool. Three cushions with a triangular shape further decorate the sofa. These cushions are completely original and the aniline leather shows a pleasant patina that retains the original character of the sofa.
This item is in good conditions showing some signs of wear consistent with age and use. Small scratches and color differences are part of this. Please note the original purchase invoice dating from July 24, 1961 is present.
Paolo Ventura. “Itinerari di Brescia Moderna, A Guide to Modern Architecture in Brescia. Alinea, 1992, Firenze. p. 325"