Antonio Citterio unveils ingenious furniture designs for Maxalto

Antonio Citterio on his Heritage Perspectives furniture designs for Maxalto, presented in a luxurious apartment setting

Furniture design by Antonio Citterio for Maxalto
The Heritage Perspective collection of furnishings by Antonio Citterio for Maxalto features sophisticated pieces such as the ‘Lucrezia’ sofa, pictured here. Reissued in a new soft version with generous padding and rounded forms, the sofa includes carefully crafted details
(Image credit: Antonio Citterio and Maxalto)

Maxalto’s new collection of furniture designs by Antonio Citterio is defined by a muted colour scheme, imagined to create a warm domestic environment.

Since the 1990s, the Italian furniture company and the designer have worked together on collections inspired by early-20th-century aesthetics and contemporary interpretations of neo-classic styles. For Citterio, Maxalto has been an experimental design workshop to research and manufacture his modern furniture vision. 

Foldable desk by Antonio Citterio for Maxalto

Antonio Citterio's ‘Max’ desk for Maxalto is described as ‘a classic bureau with a contemporary twist’. Featuring an X-shaped metal base, the top is equipped with drawers and can be discreetly folded when not in use

(Image credit: Antonio Citterio and Maxalto)

‘My commitment to Maxalto began halfway through the 1990s, with a precise vision: an imaginary, French-style bourgeois theatrical scene,’ says the designer. ‘With this in mind, my first products were created, bringing together the aesthetic and the functional. Certain points of reference contributed to making this scenario a reality: the vision of designers such as Jean-Michel Frank, able to soften the sometimes rather constraining geometries of modernism; the determination of the manufacturer and its team to achieve the utmost in quality; the expert eye of those creating these pieces through communication.’

The latest collection presented by Citterio and Maxalto is titled Heritage Perspectives. Faithful to his original design ideas, it features novel editions of the company’s classic pieces as well as new designs that comfortably fit within the rich catalogue, with a sophisticated aesthetic and ingenious details. 

Antonio Citterio chairs for Maxalto

More pieces in the Heritage Perspectives collection, including the ‘Elios’ round tables with smoked glass top

(Image credit: Antonio Citterio and Maxalto)

Designs include classic Citterio sofas and chairs, featuring soft edges and comfortable proportions, upholstered in textile or leather. Then there are pieces such as the ‘Cuma’ table, a linear wooden console that opens up thanks to a simple mechanism to become a dining table for up to eight guests. Another contemporary example of transforming furniture is the ‘Max’ desk, ‘a classic bureau with a contemporary twist’. Featuring a wooden desk with drawers perched atop X-shaped metal legs, the workspace can be discreetly closed when not in use.

‘After many years of designing, I am confident that the outcome has been the creation of a range of products totally in line with and faithful to the initial scenario,’ concludes the designer. ‘Products which can freely roam the world and its homes, independent of their creator, having become a rich and varied reality in contemporary living which will endure with time.’

Furniture design by Antonio Citterio for Maxalto

The ‘Abseo’ table's essential design is enlivened by the asymmetrical legs: a piece of classic furniture design with a twist

(Image credit: Antonio Citterio and Maxalto)

An overview of Antonio Citterio’s sofa and furniture

An overview of Antonio Citterio's sofa and furniture design for Maxalto

(Image credit: Antonio Citterio and Maxalto)

Furniture design by Antonio Citterio for Maxalto

The ‘Cuma’ table by Antonio Citterio for Maxalto is a linear wooden console that opens up thanks to a simple mechanism to become a dining table for up to eight guests

(Image credit: Antonio Citterio and Maxalto)

Furniture design by Antonio Citterio for Maxalto

When closed, the ‘Cuma’ table is a compact, discreet console

(Image credit: Antonio Citterio and Maxalto)

Antonio Citterio sofa for Maxalto

Antonio Citterio's ‘Dives’ sofa, part of a collection of linear, modular sofas available in leather or fabric upholstery

(Image credit: Antonio Citterio and Maxalto)

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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.