Gastone Rinaldi (1920-2006) was an architect and designer from Padua, specialized in furniture.
Among other things, he was a soccer player for Padova, Cremonese, and Udinese in the 1940s. He designed a number of metal chairs for Rima, the company his father had established in 1916. One of the models, the DU30, earned him the 1954 Compasso d’Oro.
After leaving the family business, he started his own company in 1974 – Thema – for which he created high-tech style items such as the “Dafne” foldable chair and “Ondalunga” couch.
His 1958 “Saturno” is included in the famous modern and contemporary art collection at New York’s MoMA.
Here are some of this artist/sportsman’s metal chairs.