19.06.12 | Interviews
Short takes: Antonio Citterio on Milan
Antonio Citterio is an architect and designer based in Milan. He is a co-founding principal of Antonio Citterio and Partners and for over twenty-five years has been a force to be reckoned with on the international design scene. A regular at the Milan Furniture Fair every year and well known for his clearly articulated chairs, sofas, lamps and storage systems for Swiss manufacturer Vitra and Italian manufacturer B&B Italia, we asked Antonio for his take on the fair this year.
MS: Could you please describe the mood of the Milan Furniture Fair this year in one sentence?
AC: Great enthusiasm, as usual.
MS: What was one of the biggest highlights for you?
AC: The Grand Repos armchair by Vitra incorporates a sophisticated spring-tension mechanism that gently synchronises the seat when reclined. This was made possible due to the experience gained from more than twenty years of mutual collaboration. Then there are the new finishes for Maxalto furniture and Flat.C storage system by B&B Italia, based on chrome‑mirror laminate combined with the polished brilliance of the sides and crosspieces (Flat.C) and bronzed-mirror laminate (Maxalto).
MS: What do you see as the new challenges facing design in the next twelve to eighteen months?
AC: More and more we see a widening of the gap between products destined to large consumption and niche products. Products in the median range are disappearing.
15.10.14 | Interviews
Founded by Aurelio Zanotta in 1954, Italian furniture group Zanotta came to the fore in the heady days of the late 1960s with Sacco, Blow, Throw-away, Mezzadro and Sella, designs that were cool and modern. More
23.09.14 | Interviews
In 1980 Aurelio Zanotta, founder of Zanotta, paid Enzo Mari a visit with a rock climber’s nail, the type that makes the most of crevices in the rock wall to sustain the climber. This was the beginning of the Tonietta chair More
28.06.14 | Interviews
30.04.14 | Interviews
Ferruccio Laviani began his career working with Studio De Lucchi in Milan, a place where experiment is paramount and the springboard to a career designing for Emilio Pucci, Porro, Foscarini and Kartell. More
01.03.14 | Film
18.02.14 | Interviews
Caine Heintzman interviews Roll & Hill’s Jason Miller for 01 magazine and gets an insight into the designer’s inspirations, accompanied by some seductive process shots inside their Brooklyn workshop/studio just before they moved to larger digs. More
02.02.14 | Film
22.01.14 | Film
During Patricia Urquiola’s recent visit to Australia she had a series of conversations with Artichoke editor Cassie Hansen in which she shared her love of the process of design and the importance of design’s little ‘d’ More
10.12.13 | Interviews
Since we last spoke with Giovanna Castiglioni, the Achille Castiglioni Foundation has launched more than five exhibitions and released its first collection of designs from her father’s archive More