Jens is a collection of chairs – with or without armrests – and stools featuring a typical 1950s style yet also interpreting classical Chinese chairs in a contemporary key. Rediscovering the craftsmanship of turned and curved wood, the result is a five-axis frame in a variety of wood finishes. The collection includes numerous versions: entirely in wood, with wooden frame and leather seat, with wooden frame and thick leather seat and back, with wooden frame and seat in woven cellulose rope.
“A memory chair that takes you back to the 1950’s, made by numeric control machines. A wooden structure in forms that work on five axes, combined with visible, seamless leather supported by the structure.
This design recalls several historic models: from the nineteenth century “shaker” chairs to the 1950’s-style chairs, all the way back to memories of the Ming dynasty.”
shaped polyurethane and veneered multi-layered wood panel
cellulose rope interlacing
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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.