This Vitra miniature is a replica of the Mezzadro Seat designed in 1957 by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. The designers used a common tractor seat for the springy metal seat, fastening it with a wing nut to the spring-based arched steel strip utilized in tractors to absorb the shock of uneven ground.
They enhanced the stability of the cantilever structure by a wooden cross-strut that resembled the rungs of a wooden ladder. Each of these parts clearly embodies its task as a part of a functional whole. And what strikes the eye is the recourse to an artistic method exemplified by Marcel Duchamp's found objects or Pablo Picasso's assemblages. The Castiglionis considered a design successful only once they had managed to eliminate all the unnecessary components and an optimal formal expression had been found for this concentration on the essential.
Miniature Mezzadro Stool, Castiglioni 1957
3 3/8 inch H x 3 1/8 inchW x 3 1/2 inchD