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El Chair

c. 2009

by Antonio Citterio
for B&B Italia

El Chair

by Antonio Citterio
for B&B Italia

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The El chair features a sleek solid wood frame into which the seat and back uphol­stered polyurethane foam shell has been posi­tioned so that they outline the chair’s frame, creat­ing seam­less fluid planes that beau­ti­fully hone the juxta­po­si­tion of mate­ri­als – wood and leather. The frame itself essen­tially conceals the volume of the padding ensur­ing both a visual levity with the form as well as provid­ing extra­or­di­nary comfort for the sitter. The EL chair features a seat and back inter­nal struc­ture in thin sheet steel fitted with Bayfit (Bayer) flex­i­ble cold-shaped polyurethane foam. EL chair’s solid oak wood frame is avail­able in four finishes – brushed light, brushed black, smoked, or gray; the seat and back are avail­able in a range of textiles or leathers.

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Antonio Citterio

Italy (1950)

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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