The rounded geometries, the study of the thicknesses and padding, and the relationship between solids and voids led Gastone Rinaldi to design a chair brimming with personality in 1954. The Du 55 armchair communicates formal consistency, originality and elegance at first glance.
The curved shell and slender fleet guarantee stability and comfort for a relaxing and welcoming seat. The Du 55 armchair has a steel structure with moulded polyurethane foam padding. The seat and backrest spring system consists of elastic belts. The conical feet are made from steel and come with three different finishes: ash veneer with a teak stain and antique-finish brass cap, lacquered black or polished chromium-plated. Du 55 can be upholstered in Pelle Frau® leather or removable fabric.
Upholstery available in a range of fabric and leather options. Contact us for more information.
Gastone Rinaldi was born in Padua on 16 November 1920. In 1916 his father Mario had established RIMA, a company for the production of metal furniture. Gastone enrolled in the Faculty of Economics, but he was passionate about design and sport (as a footballer, he went as far as playing with Cremona, at the time very strong, and as a racing car driver, he took part in the legendary Thousand Mile race). In 1948, together with his brother Giorgio, he took over from his father in managing the business. He met Gio Ponti and in 1950 he designed the chairs (DU10 and DU11) for the Hospital Section of the IX Milan Triennial. At the same Triennial, the DU9 chair was also presented. Domus published his creations regularly. In 1952, he attended the XXX Milano Fair in the section curated by Alberto Rosselli, Ettore Sottsass and Marco Zanuso. The armchairs for the Piccolo theatre of Milan followed, with Zanuso. In 1954, he won the Compasso d’Oro for the chair DU30. He participated with Ponti, Parisi, De Carli and Gardella in the American adventure of Altamira, one of the first companies across the ocean to call Italian designers. He therefore worked with Carlo Mollino on the chairs for the Molinette Hospital of Turin. In 1957, the armchair DU41 won the silver medal at the XI Triennial. However the internal relations within RIMA became complex and in 1974 Rinaldi established Thema. In 1978, he obtained a nomination for the Compasso d’Oro for the armchair Arianna and in 1981 another for the folding chair Dafne. Thema closed in 1989, Gastone Rinaldi died in Padua on 02 March 2006.