After hearing numerous speculations, I decided to go to a reliable source and get it appraised. So, I contacted one of my favorite magazines, Country Living to get the real story. They have a this great column called "What's it worth?" where readers send in questions about the origins & history of their treasures.
So.....just guess what made it into the May issue. My FOOTSTOOL, or should I say pouf.
Turns out it is not an Ico Parisi, it is a Franco Albini, an Italian architect who created these iconic furniture pieces in the 50's. My divine pouf was originally part of a set as a companion to the Margherita chair.
And the kicker......my little thrift store find is worth $700. If I had the matching chair, it would go for about $3000, but I am not complaining. Just thrilled that I finally know, & of course, that I have legit bragging rights on being able to spot a treasure amongst the trash.