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Michel Coffee Table

c. 2012

by Antonio Citterio
for B&B Italia

Michel Coffee Table

by Antonio Citterio
for B&B Italia

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Antonio Citterio’s Michel coffee table features the designer’s signa­ture chic treat­ment of the frame legs – similar in form to the legs that support many of his sofa designs. The die-cast and extruded aluminum frame avail­able in black chromed or painted bronze nickel finish is an exquis­ite foil to the rough-cut smoked oak veneer table­top. Textured veneers are created with special equip­ment that cele­brates the tactile surface created by the teeth of the saw itself. The result­ing rough-cut surface absorbs the stain finish with subtle vari­ances and irreg­u­lar­i­ties” that are beau­ti­fully ampli­fied by light reflect­ing on the uneven surface. While Citte­rio has imbued the Michel coffee table’s form with his signa­ture, wonder­fully mini­mal­ist aesthetic, the sheer visual joy of this table design is in the sophis­ti­cated juxta­po­si­tion of its frame and top textures.

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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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