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Charles

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Charles

Antonio Citterio

Sofas

Description

An icon of contemporary design, the Charles sofa stands out for its light image accentuated by the essential design of the die-cast aluminium feet in the shape of an inverted “L” which, together with the design of the armrest, the single seat cushion and the free back cushions, is the distinctive element of the line. The airy shape and simple profile make it, almost by contrast, extremely rich and innovative from a spatial standpoint: a system that encourages the creation of ever new compositions, from an in-line two- or three-seater sofa, to a sofa with chaise longue, to a corner sofa. Charles reveals a great formal elegance that goes well beyond the current times and fashions. A broad selection of elements satisfies any furnishing need, including the most personal desire for comfort. The cover is available either in fabric or in leather.

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Internal frame 
tubular steel and steel profiles

Internal frame upholstery 
Bayfit® flexible cold shaped polyurethane foam, polyester fibre cover

Internal frame upholstery (CHP-CH150P)
shaped polyurethane of different density, polyester fibre cover 

Seat cushion upholstery (home)
shaped polyurethane of different density, sterilized down, polyester fibre cover

Seat cushion upholstery (public spaces)
shaped polyurethane of different density, polyester fibre, polyester fibre cover

Back cushion (CH48_C-CH72_C)
polyester fibre, box style typology

Feet 
die-cast aluminium

Ferrules 
thermoplastic material

Cover 
fabric or leather

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Designer

Antonio Citterio

Antonio Citterio was born in Meda (Milano) in 1950, and started his design office in 1972, graduating in architecture at the Politecnico di Milano in 1975. Between 1987 and 1996 he worked in association with Terry Dwan and, together, they designed buildings in Europe and Japan.

In 2000, with Patricia Viel, he founded a practice for architecture and interior design, developing international complex long-term projects, at all scales and in synergy with a qualified network of specialist consultants. The studio has today taken the name of "Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel". Antonio Citterio currently works in the industrial design sector with numerous Italian and foreign companies. In 1987 and in 1994 he was awarded the Compasso d’Oro-ADI. From 2006 to 2016 he has been professor of Architectural Design at the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture (Switzerland). In 2008 he was honoured by the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce of London, which gave him the title of “Royal Designer for Industry”.

Antonio Citterio is art director of Maxalto, Arclinea and Azucena.

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