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Hybrid

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Hybrid

Antonio Citterio

Sofas

Description

Hybrid is a system of modular seating elements that it is so versatile it can be arranged into an almost infinite number of combinations. The key role of the textile dimension stands out immediately, with upholsteries that completely cover the generous padding, the project’s absolute protagonist. These are typical elements of indoor furnishings, which in Hybrid find an outdoor interpretation. Hence the name of the collection, proposed as a link between the inside and the outside of the house. Hybrid is the perfect furnishing element for climates and spaces defined by a continuous blend of inside and outside environments, with rooms that open to an en-plein-air dimension, and for living spaces integrated into terraces and gardens. The combination of opposites happens not only visually, but also through the sense of touch: Hybrid guarantees the typical comfort of traditional upholstered furniture for interiors, thanks to a new type of particularly soft and comfortable mattress seat conceived for outdoor furnishings. The cushions are made with paddings of variable density, carefully designed to pleasantly accommodate and support the body, without allowing it to sink. The supporting structures are almost invisible, and the seat seems to float a few centimetres above the floor. To guarantee further comfort to the deeper seat, the low backrest can be raised using an additional headrest cushion.

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Frame 
die-cast aluminium and extrusions with polyester powder painting

Upholstery
shaped polyurethane of different density, cover in water repellent polyester fibre

Seat slats 
glass fibre

Ferrules 
thermoplastic material

Waterproof cover cloth 
PES fabric coated on one side in PU

Cover 
fabric in limited categories (with profile)

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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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