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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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The Michel coffee table from B&B Italia, designed by Antonio Citte­rio, is char­ac­ter­ized by its sleek frame legs and rough-cut smoked oak veneer table­top. The frame is made of die-cast and extruded aluminum and is avail­able in a black chromed or painted bronze nickel finish. Citte­rio created the textured veneers on the table­top with special equip­ment that cele­brates the tactile surface created by the saw’s teeth. The surface absorbs the stain finish with subtle vari­ances and irreg­u­lar­i­ties beau­ti­fully ampli­fied by light reflect­ing the uneven surface. Despite its mini­mal­ist aesthetic, the table’s frame and top textures create a sophis­ti­cated visual contrast that adds to its overall beauty.

Antonio Citterio

Italy

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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