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Philosophy

Maxalto Home in Paris

"THE PARISIAN HOME IS THE HOME OF MAXALTO”

For Antonio Citterio, to formulate a collection that treasures classic interior atmospheres while inventingnew ones means rethinking the very nature of our models of living, every single time.

Born and raised on the idea of Piero Ambrogio Busnelli and Afra & Tobia Scarpa with the work of Antonio Citterio the Maxalto furniture has reached the point of embodying a catalogue of modern neo-classics. Modern because it is ideally linked to the visions of the most libertarian masters like Jean-Michel Frank, with respect to the excessive rigor of Le Corbusier or Mies van der Rohe. Neo-classics, because their forms and finishes are filtered by the contemporary perspective of an Italian architect. The cultural roots are important, and the humanistic orientation of the designer is essential to approach the various scales with the same artful intelligence. While he designs the construction of brand new buildings, infrastructures or entire skyscrapers, Antonio Citterio is well aware of the fact that in interiors, for many reasons, the forms and types of the furnishings always change more slowly, without radical breaks with the past. The home and its traditional spaces – living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms – return to their status as a nucleus of social interaction, with some big difference. In those same spaces, also thanks to an exceptional acceleration of technology, it is now possible to have both personal and electronic communication: to have a dialogue over great distances, to interact with sophisticated devices, or simply to rediscover the dimension of play, enjoyment, conversation. In this domestic scenario that is undoubtedly more complex than in the past, Maxalto’s idea of a classic modernism (or a modern classicism) conserves its value in the existing models; but the latest products for 2020 designed by Antonio Citterio, like the entire corporate system that lies behind and around them, organically evolve to the point of revealing a project of interior culture updated to adapt to the changes in our lifestyles.

VALUES

  • Quality materials
  • Build quality
  • Craftsmanship/Technology
  • Heritage
  • Formal harmony
  • Typological Completeness
  • Stylistic coherence
  • Memory/Innovation