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Antonio Citterio

Living area storage units


Flat.C interprets the wall-system as an open system that can be reconfigured and reassembled. Advanced and flexible, Flat.C suggests a free way of occupying space, following the evolution of multimedia systems. The Flat.C storage units offer an intelligent use of space through an almost infinite number of different configurations based on a modular grid that organises the composition elements and restricts proportions. As we all have size constraints in our houses, we need furnishings that can store large amounts even in limited spaces. Flat.C was designed to house books, a television and hi-fi accessories in the smallest amount of space possible. As the name suggests, Flat.C is a solution offering shallow depths and thicknesses. Measuring only 25 cm in depth, the thickness of the shelves and sides has been reduced to the minimum. Moreover, there are no visibly joined parts. All this creates a versatile furnishing project that fits discreetly into the room, while elegantly fulfilling its storage purpose.


“How do you transform a house? What reference points do you use to reorganise space in homes of the future? How will the objects that populate our homes change? Which new electronic devices will enter the domestic realm to extend the perception of our living spaces?

These are the questions that guided the Flat.C project design.

Inspired by the minimum dimension, Flat.C constitutes the latest chapter in my search for dimensional upgrading within wall-system products.

Flat.C is flat - like the screens in our collective imagination, which are linked to the new ways of viewing video and images.

The goal was to obtain a flexible system where it was possible to foresee an almost infinite number of different configurations based on a modular grid that organises the composition elements and restricts proportions.

The range of storage units determines the intelligent use of space.

Flat.C is a reconfigurable open system that can be reassembled. It expresses a free way to occupy space and can follow the evolutions of multimedia systems.

Media in a home will change. The piece of furniture that holds them won't.”

Antonio Citterio

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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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