Antonio Citterio is an architect and designer based in Milan. He is a co-founding principal of Antonio Citterio and Partners and for over twenty-five years has been a force to be reckoned with on the international design scene. A regular at the Milan Furniture Fair every year and well known for his clearly articulated chairs, sofas, lamps and storage systems for Swiss manufacturer Vitra and Italian manufacturer B&B Italia, we asked Antonio for his take on the fair this year. MS: Could you please describe the mood of the Milan Furniture Fair this year in one sentence?
AC: Great enthusiasm, as usual.
MS: What was one of the biggest highlights for you?
AC: The Grand Repos armchair by Vitra incorporates a sophisticated spring-tension mechanism that gently synchronises the seat when reclined. This was made possible due to the experience gained from more than twenty years of mutual collaboration. Then there are the new finishes for Maxalto furniture and Flat.C storage system by B&B Italia, based on chrome‑mirror laminate combined with the polished brilliance of the sides and crosspieces (Flat.C) and bronzed-mirror laminate (Maxalto).
MS: What do you see as the new challenges facing design in the next twelve to eighteen months?
AC: More and more we see a widening of the gap between products destined to large consumption and niche products. Products in the median range are disappearing.