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Arbiter Sofa

c. 2023

by Antonio Citterio
for Maxalto

Arbiter Sofa

by Antonio Citterio
for  Maxalto

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Intro­duc­ing the Arbiter, the ulti­mate modular seating system from Maxalto. This luxu­ri­ous sofa, designed with extra-large measure­ments and over­sized cush­ions, is perfect for large spaces and those who demand the utmost in comfort and style.

Crafted using Maxal­to’s signa­ture produc­tion tech­nique, the Arbiter boasts a steel frame and cold-foamed polyurethane struc­ture that ensures dura­bil­ity and longevity. It’s avail­able in two depths — 41 – 1/4″ and 45 – 1/4″ — in various config­u­ra­tions, includ­ing options with or without a chaise-longue.

For those who crave a touch of designer flair, the Arbiter is also avail­able with Citte­ri­o’s beloved discon­tin­u­ous back­rest, designed to create seating that looks in the oppo­site direc­tion, for example, facing the book­case behind the sofa.

The range of mate­ri­als used intro­duces options with refined, distinctly woolly, and richly textured fabrics to ensure that the Arbiter is stylish and func­tional. The cush­ions present a surpris­ing solu­tion: in each pair, the small one sits behind the larger one, which forms a kind of addi­tional back­rest that wraps around the sitter’s shoul­ders. This clever design ensures ulti­mate comfort and support, making the Arbiter the perfect addi­tion to any home.

Overall, the Arbiter from Maxalto is the epitome of luxury and comfort. Its atten­tion to detail and impec­ca­ble crafts­man­ship make it a state­ment piece that will impress even the most discerning clients.


Antonio Citterio


Inspired by icons such as Eileen Gray, Charles and Ray Eames, and George Nelson, Italian designer Antonio Citterio has built an extremely successful career in the furniture industry. He’s known for his emphasis on craftsmanship and materiality, a combination that’s defined a longtime partnership with B&B Italia. Citterio has been responsible for designing all new collections by Maxalto since 1993. He ensures that each product, like his Dives sofa or Alcova canopy bed, clearly delineates its function and is comfortable and liveable as much as grand and luxurious.

Born in 1950 in the north Italian city of Meda, Antonio Citterio opened his first office at the age of 22. The architect and designer supposedly had decided on his career path by age 13.

Citterio went on to collaborate with Terry Dwan on architecture projects through the late 1990’s before forming a practice with Patricia Viel that’s today called Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel. Their significant work includes the Technogym headquarters, Bulgari Hotels around the world, Qatar Airways lounges, the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Milan, and the B&B Italia Center for Research in Novedrate, Italy.

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