Antonio Citterio

Architect

Milano / Italy

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One of the most influential architects and designers on the contemporary scene, Antonio Citterio, born in 1950, can be considered one of the main protagonists of the success of Made-in-Italy furniture. Born in Meda near Milan, Citterio was designing furniture even before he got his degree in Architecture from Milan Polytechnic in 1975. Together with Paolo Nava, he founded his first studio in 1972. Meda, in the heart of Brianza, quickly became one of the most important furniture manufacturing districts, thanks to several family-run businesses with longstanding artisanal traditions. The town absorbed innovative ideas from nearby Milan, often conveyed by young, enthusiastic designers born and raised in the area. Citterio's career began in this context. He frequented the Galimberti home at a time when the family business was about to become Flexform. He also had ties to the Busnelli family, owners of B&B Italia.

With his colleague Paolo Nava, he collaborated on several sofas, starting with the Aria model for Flexform (1978) and Diesis for B&B (1979), still in production today. This was the beginning of a long career in product design and the architectural design of showrooms, factories, hotels, and residential and commercial complexes. After a ten-year collaboration with American architect Terry Dwan, he opened Antonio Citterio and Partners in 1999 with Patricia Viel. Today the firm, known as Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, is a multifaceted office with commissions in different fields, including design and architecture.

As a designer, Antonio Citterio is best known for his sofas, considered the undisputed icons that revolutionised contemporary lifestyles. Anticipating the times, Citterio had foreseen that the anachronistic formal living room only for guests would give way to a more lively and dynamic space. In the 1980s, the living room became the centre of the home, and the sofa became its most central piece of furniture. Citterio transformed the classic sofa into a multifunctional and modular seating system with generous dimensions for absolute comfort. Among his many projects are the Sity system for B&B Italia, winner of the Compasso d'Oro in 1986; the Charles (1997); AC Lounge (2009) and Richard (2016) collections, also for B&B Italia; the Groundpiece (2001) and Soft Dream (2010) sofas by Flexform.

Citterio has created furnishings and accessories from armchairs to storage units, office chairs, tapware, lighting, and table accessories. He has collaborated with Vitra, Maxalto, Flos, for whom he designed the Kevin lamp, winner of the Reddot Design Award in 2004, and Kartell, with whom he won his second Compasso d'Oro in 1993 for the Mobil storage unit. Citterio also designs kitchens for Boffi and Arclinea. His work is exhibited in the permanent collections of some of the most important design museums in the world: MoMA in New York, Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Museum of Architecture & Design in Chicago. ... More ... less

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