2019 Maxalto Collection

Maxalto’s new vision elevates the brand’s history and guides it decisively into the future. New and elegant balances of curved and straight lines are expressed with creativity and precision contrasting softness and rigour. At the centre there is a new way of conceiving space, which rethinks the position of each element and the distance from the walls. Objects float in the domestic space which becomes synonymous with uncompromising value and sophistication. The materials, woods, metals, fabrics and craftsmanship reach new levels, enriching the collections with elements that rediscover sophisticated forms.

Apollo is a new range of upholstered furniture designed for Maxalto by Antonio Citterio. The collection is composed of three sofa types, united by pleasantly curved but rigorous lines, which distinguishes each element and creates a harmony between curves and linear forms. In its fluid shape, where the corners seem designed to accommodate the body, geometry becomes comfort with Apollo. At first glance, the padding of the seat and cushions, the backrest height, the lack of feet, and the generous seat depth are the elements that make Apollo welcoming and appealing. The fabric covers are embellished with a raised stitch detail, while for the leather covers sport a sophisticated envelope stitching.

The Caratos family of armchairs is ever expanding - providing a rich collection of ideas for the most diverse environments. The common thread of each piece is their recognisable die-cast aluminium base. Caratos presents a small armchair with armrest, an armchair, a tub armchair, two stools with swivel seats, a bench, an ottoman and a coffee table. The graphite and amber metal structures are accompanied by blue, amaranth, and cream varnishes, which complement the fabric covers. Noteworthy is the introduction of a soft, deep pile wool velvet that creates a “teddy bear” effect.

Maxalto’s history of excellence continues with Tesaurus, a series of refined storage units designed by Antonio Citterio. The shape underlines the high quality of the craftsmanship, starting with the curved wooden doors that open to reveal slightly protruding shelves, and a continuous profile that follows the volume’s. Tesaurus is available in three different heights and widths, with two or four doors, with drawers and flap doors. The base is a die-cast aluminium structure, while the element above is a top in black marquina, white Calacatta or Emperador marble. The interiors are made of refined frisé maple. The craftsmanship is expressed in the luxurious parchment or wood finishes. The veneered oak or Chilean tineo wood is made with a staggered checker motif with crossed grains. Parchment covering is a long and meticulous process and needs to be laid by specialised craftsmen who are trained to respect the natural material’s characteristics. Over the passage of time the parchment surface matures so that, like a good wine, it will be transformed and acquire new sophisticated hues. Thanks to the complex hand crafted processes inherent in the manufacturing processes , the value of Tesaurus is immediately obvious. Each piece in this collection becomes a unique object, difficult to imitate and authentically exclusive.

The new Dike bed stands out for its unusually-sized headboard which is a distinctive element that creates a new furniture category. Antonio Citterio imagined two panels each 2 meters high and 125 centimetres wide, ending with two mobile elements, anchored by an elegant full-height hinge. This headboard becomes a theatrical backdrop or a structural element which is made even more sophisticated by the upholstery. Dike uses an ad-hoc designed fabric, with an enhanced three-dimensional and visible texture similar to a woven horizontal band tapestry making light and colour visual effects which fade gently into each other. The bed’s height is significant and follows a precise concept for the bedroom. The bed and headboard structure can be covered with fabrics from the collection. This is a new and luxurious and refined range, hyperbolic but extremely calibrated, soft, and rational, which underlines Maxalto’s renewed desire for excellence and originality.