Antonio Citterio ( b.1950 ) Italian furniture designer

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Antonio Citterio 3 chairs
Antonio Citterio 3 chairs

Antonio Citterio ( b.1950 ) is a leading Italian architect and interior designer, furniture and industrial designer. Citterio explored the possibilities of new materials and technologies rather than aligning himself with New Design’s more fashionable aesthetics. Citterio has designed for several leading manufacturers, including B&B Italia, Kartell, Flos and Vitra, and his work and outlook is well known internationally.

Education

He graduated in architecture in 1975, having established a furniture studio with industrial designer, Paolo Nava, in 1972. 

He also worked on the following furniture designs;

  • (1978) for Flexform (established in 1959),
  •  kitchen design (1980) for Boffi (established in 1947), 
  • Showroom (1982) and sofa Sity (1985) for B&B Italia. 

In 1987, he collaborated professionally with Glen Oliver Löw, with both designers working on Kartell’s Mobile Storage System (1994), which won the Compasso d’Oro award in 1995 and became part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Citterio also collaborated with Löw on several Vitra office furniture design systems.

Mobil Container System (1993) by Antonio Citterio
Mobil Container System (1993) by Antonio Citterio

Awards

Antonio Citterio was awarded the “Compasso d’Oro” award in 1987 and 1994. From 2006 to 2016, he was Professor of Architectural Design at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio (Switzerland). In 2008, he was awarded the title of “Honorary Royal Designer for Industry” by the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce of London.

Sample of Works

Coffee table, 1970s designed by Paolo Nava and Antonio Citterio
Coffee table, 1970s designed by Paolo Nava and Antonio Citterio
Rare Diesis sofa in ochre leather, 1979 designed by Antonio Citterio and Paolo Nava
Rare Diesis sofa in ochre leather, 1979 designed by Antonio Citterio and Paolo Nava
B&B Italia 'George' daybed, 1970s designed by Antonio Citterio
B&B Italia ‘George’ daybed, 1970s designed by Antonio Citterio
'Baisity' for B&B Italia, 1980s designed by Antonio Citterio
‘Baisity’ for B&B Italia, 1980s designed by Antonio Citterio

Sources

Wikipedia contributors. (2020, October 18). Antonio Citterio. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 09:48, January 25, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Antonio_Citterio&oldid=984110301

Woodham, J. Citterio, Antonio. In A Dictionary of Modern Design. : Oxford University Press. Retrieved 25 Jan. 2021, from https://www-oxfordreference-com.ezproxy.csu.edu.au/view/10.1093/acref/9780191762963.001.0001/acref-9780191762963-e-170.

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