Designed in 1959, the Cavour armchair forms part of a group of products that includes two different models of chair (1960 and 1961) and a games table (1955). With these pieces Vittorio Gregotti, Lodovico Meneghetti and Giotto Stoppino, known as “Architetti Associati” at the time, sought to explore the qualities of curved glued laminated timber and create furniture that was distinct from the so-called international style in fashion at the time, restoring the values of domesticity and emotion.
The Cavour armchair in particular soon became an iconic object. In March 1960 it appeared at the historic "New designs for Italian furniture" exhibition at the “L’Osservatore delle Arti Industriali” gallery in Milan, a show that laid the foundations of the "Neoliberty" movement.
It was also afforded an honourable mention at the Compasso d’Oro awards in the same year. Initially produced by Sim of Novara, it was added to the Poltrona Frau catalogue in the late 80s. The matching pouf that goes with the Cavour armchair was recently designed on the basis of a prototype produced at the time.