The Viganò brand on an antique Tripolina hide
US patent for J. B. Fenby’s folding chair
The original “Tripolina” chair was invented by the Englishman Joseph Beverley Fenby and patented in the United States in 1881. It was used in military campaigns, where it was ideal because it was designed to fold up compactly—while still being comfortable and stable.
It was manufactured by the Italian Viganò company in Tripoli, Libya. They stamped the hides with their distinctive oval company logo.
Today, Dario produces Tripolina chairs using environmentally-friendly vegetable-tanned Italian hides of the highest quality
. The frames are made from high-quality teak or ash, with brass or zinc fixings. Their compactness when folded makes them ideal for sending anywhere in the world or taking with you on your flight home from Rome.
Here’s a selection of “Tripolina” chairs created by Dario. Click on any photo to see a slideshow.
Here’s a selection of “Tripolina” chairs created by Dario.
“Tripolina Harlequin” in multi-coloured leather and teak
“Tripolina” folding chair in green leather and teak
“Tripolina” folding chair in mustard leather and teak – side
“Tripolina” folding chair getting ready for travel
“Tripolina” folding chair in natural leather and teak
“Tripolina” folding chair in red leather and teak
Two “Tripolina” folding chairs in “cavallino” and brown leather
“Tripolina” folding chair in leather and teak – some colours
“Tripolina” folding chair in cowhide and teak
“Tripolina” folding chair in leather and teak – big and small
From the blog: Dario’s chairs in their new homes