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Antonio Citterio

By the time Antonio Citterio was 22 years old, he was already running his own design office. This was before the renowned Italian architect and furniture designer, born in Medina in 1950, graduated from the Polytechnic University of Milan in 1975. From 1987 to 1996, he collaborated with Terry Dwan in designing buildings in both Europe and Japan. Citterio has made quite a name for himself with his innovative designs for the home. He was awarded the Compasso d’Oro prize in 1987 and 1994. The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce of London awarded him the title of “Honorary Royal Designer for Industry” in 2008. And Citterio keeps working; he currently works in the industrial design sector, collaborating with Italian and foreign companies, such as Ansorg, Axor-Hansgrohe, B&B Italia, Flexform, Hermès, Littala, Maxalto and Technogym. His iconic Este coffee table is part of Quirinale Contemporaneo, a 68-piece exhibition of Italian art and design at the residence of the President of Italy, and his open-spaced, flexible kitchen design called Convivium won the Elle Deco International Design Award in April 2019. Citterio was instrumental in designing the Sity sofa system for B&B Italia in the 1980s; the innovative design featured multiple functions and depths and incorporated a chaise sectional sofa with a chaise lounge. The Charles sofa system, a 1990s continuation of Sity, featured a single-seat cushion and slender raised base, bumping up the elegance and airy feel even more. The new century brought the Groundpiece sofa system, which features large, soft upholstered surfaces and a built-in bookshelf that doubles as an armrest. Citterio’s approach to design includes proposing new solutions to accommodate changes in the way people live as well as a desire to break out of traditional types and forms and introduce new concepts to the market.