• Diesis, sofa

      B&B Italia, 1979

      Antonio Citterio and Paolo Nava
    • In my first projects I sought an expressive language of my own. My direction then shifted towards analysis and recovery of elements from certain references throughout the history of design.

      Quadrante, storage unit

      Xilitalia – B&B Italia, 1981

      Antonio Citterio and Paolo Nava

    LANGUAGE HISTORY MEMORY

    • I always work on the typology — the common, basic forms of the object in question — investigating the changes in progress in our way of living, while revising the strategy of the production process.

      Sity, sofa system

      B&B Italia, 1986

    • Sity was really the first sofa with multiple functions and depths. It was a real breakthrough at the time, due to the concept of the chaise sectional sofa, achieved with the inclusion of the chaise longue.

      Sity, sofa system

      B&B Italia, 1986

    • Some of the products I have developed over the years were attempts to break out of the traditional typology and propose new solutions.

      Sity, sofa system

      B&B Italia, 1986

    • The work I do on interiors or on product design is inseparably connected with the design and use of space.

      Sity, sofa system

      B&B Italia, 1986

    • Charles was the continuation of Sity, but trying to be a little bit more elegant and airy, with thinner cushions.

      Charles, sofa system

      B&B Italia, 1997

    • Charles was originally conceived for the living room of my apartment in Milan, where I felt the need to remove at least one lateral support from the linear sofa I was imagining for the space.

      Charles, sofa system

      B&B Italia, 1997

    • The upside-down L foot in die-cast aluminium, along with a single seat cushion and the slender raised base, all bring a feeling of lightness to the sofa.

      Charles, sofa system

      B&B Italia, 1997

    • The design for Groundpiece originates from research on simple, user-friendly products with ample, soft surfaces. It was based on the awareness that its use was linked to new actions and behaviors.

      Groundpiece, sofa system

      Flexform, 2001

    • Groundpiece combines the typology of the bookshelf with that of the sofa, introducing a shelving system that also functions as an armrest. We wanted to achieve a product that looked like it was lying on the floor, with large upholstered surfaces, juxtaposing the soft, goosedown-filled cushions with slender, pared back armrest/bookshelves upholstered in leather or suede.

      Groundpiece, sofa system

      Flexform, 2001

    • Many of the projects for Arclinea are actually ‘solution’ designs, that resolve and respond to needs of layout and use of space.

      Collection

      Arclinea, 1988–2017

    • Collection

      Arclinea, 1988–2017

    • My approach to designing kitchens has always had a typological focus, envisioning what the kitchen could be like from the vantage points of function, emotions and practical use.

      Collection

      Arclinea, 1988–2017

    • The kitchen is now offered as an integral part of a system, in a seamless arrangement, between the concept of the wall and the technical spaces, from the cabinets to the dividers between zones.

      Collection

      Arclinea, 1988–2017

    TYPOLOGY

    • Design is not just a problem of expression, but something that encompasses all the processes that go into a project. Design is an integral part of the industrial production process.

      Mobil

      Kartell, 1994

    • Presented in 1994, Mobil, thanks to the introduction of an innovative batch-dyed thermoplastic technopolymer, revived the use of plastic as a noble material in a wide range of products.

      Mobil

      Kartell, 1994

    • The design of any chair for Vitra begins with an industrial perspective, and the relationship between the design and the final cost is a fundamental aspect of the industrial product.

      Office chairs

      Vitra, 2010–2018

    • Office chairs

      Vitra, 2010–2018

    • We wanted to achieve a family of transversal products enabling a variety of sitting postures, that could fit into different office settings, from conference rooms to studios or operative/executive spaces. It is an open, modular system, sustainable and economical.

      Office chairs

      Vitra, 2010–2018

    • Despite the many possible variations, it remains essentially the same chair in terms of looks and construction – with benefits for companies in terms of aesthetics, maintenance and service.

      Office chairs

      Vitra, 2010–2018

    • The Mirto Outdoor Collection features die-cast aluminum structural elements which bring a high level of technical quality to the market of outdoor products.

      Mirto outdoor collection

      B&B Italia, 2014–2017

    • It all started with the die-cast aluminium bridge-like frame of the sun lounger: a design where proportions and thicknesses count.

      Mirto outdoor collection

      B&B Italia, 2014–2017

    • Instead of wheels, it has two small and very discreet rollers that allow it to move, placed on one of the two crosspieces.

      Mirto outdoor collection

      B&B Italia, 2014–2017

    • The inclusion of seats, dining tables and small tables makes Mirto a complete outdoor furniture collection.

      Mirto outdoor collection

      B&B Italia, 2014–2017

    • I delve deeply into the concept of the mechanism, down to the details of the construction: a lamp has a structural-technological synthesis that has nothing purely aesthetic about it; its form comes from a series of points of knowledge, of very precise elements.

      Kelvin

      Flos, 2003–2015

    • Kelvin

      Flos, 2003–2015

    • Products are ever more surprising from a technical standpoint and their size gets smaller and smaller. The new LED Edge Lighting technology has made it possible to reduce the size of the head; the cable between the arm and head has been eliminated; the rotation joint has been modified and the cross-section of the tubular arm reduced.

      Kelvin

      Flos, 2003–2015

    • The head is connected to a double pantograph arm with slender steel ties, which permit a fluid movement, to adjust the light as desired.

      Kelvin

      Flos, 2003–2015

    • My work never concentrates on the creation of a single product, but is always inserted in a strategy of corporate offerings. It all started with a faucet, which then led to the design of a complete system of fittings for the bathroom.

      Axor Citterio bathroom collections

      Hansgrohe, 2003–2014

    • When I design a new product I try to consider how people might use it, rather than focusing on a specific detail. Easy volume and temperature control is an important feature of the entire collection – Joystick or cross-handle, a well-designed mixer needs to always be comfortable to use.

      Axor Citterio bathroom collections

      Hansgrohe, 2003–2014

    • With the “Citterio E” collection we wanted to create a product that would be as intuitive as possible during use. Its comprehensive range of products allows a virtually infinite number of solutions in bathroom design.

      Axor Citterio bathroom collections

      Hansgrohe, 2003–2014

    • In my design research, knowledge of technical processes is very important. The Personal collection represents a successful synthesis of technology and design.

      Technogym Personal collection

      Technogym, 2006–2016

    • Technogym Personal collection

      Technogym, 2006–2016

    • With the Personal line of training products we set the objective of implementing design aesthetics within the pure function of fitness machines.

      Technogym Personal collection

      Technogym, 2006–2016

    • From my viewpoint one of the main goals of design is to improve the quality of life of the people who interact with a given product.

      Technogym Personal collection

      Technogym, 2006–2016

    METHODOLOGY & PROCESS

The methodology of Antonio Citterio Design Studio

  • Diesis, sofaB&B Italia, 1979
  • Quadrante, storage unitXilitalia – B&B Italia, 1981
  • Sity, sofa systemB&B Italia, 1986
  • Charles, sofa systemB&B Italia, 1997
  • Groundpiece, sofa systemFlexform, 2001
  • Collection Arclinea, 1988–2017
  • MobilKartell, 1994
  • Office chairsVitra, 2010–2018
  • Mirto outdoor collection B&B Italia, 2014–2017
  • KelvinFlos, 2003–2015
  • Axor Citterio bathroom collectionsHansgrohe, 2003–2014
  • Technogym Personal collectionTechnogym, 2006–2016
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