40 years of high-end design
Maxalto is the B&B Italia brand founded in 1975 by the famous architects Afra Bianchin and Tobia Scarpa who designed all its collections until 1992. Tobia Scarpa has transferred his artisan culture within the company dictating the lines of a modern and refined style of furniture, full of fine wooden furniture: individual pieces expertly handcrafted.
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The highest form of excellence
In the seventies, while the main trend in design was the exploration of the creative stylistic possibilities of the newest raw material, plastic, Afra and Tobia Scarpa moved against this way of thinking and choosed wood for almost all of their creations. A material design based on simple shapes perfectly created thanks to refined craftsmanship techniques. These shapes gave to wood a new, almost sculptural look.
With his eclectic genius and ability to synthesize design Tobia Scarpa - architect, designer, restorer – is one of Maxalto's main crown jewels and with his wife Afra Bianchin remains one of the leading exponents of Italian design. His talent has been awarded with numerous awards, such as the Compasso d'Oro in 1969 and the International Forum Design in 1992.
Antonio Citterio, an Italian designer famous all around the world and winner of two Compasso d’oro awards, one in 1987 with the Sity sofa system designed for B&B Italia, took over the artistic direction of Maxalto in 1993. The designer has interpreted the modern classicism of Afra Bianchin and Tobia Scarpa with a contemporary key, giving life to five new collections that tell the story of Italian good taste with objects and furnishing accessories full of charm and personality.
Relevant style changes
Maxalto's collections, the ones with a classic-modern taste made by Afra and Tobia Scarpa and the ones with a romantic and contemporary spirit made by Antonio Citterio, are united by the simplicity of the shapes and the strong material component. Symbolic objects of Italian design, they are milestones in its history and have contributed to defining the aesthetic standards of interior design that still today represents a point of reference for designers from all over the world.
The areas furnished with Maxalto collections are scenic spaces where the furnishings interact with each other, creating a perfect balance and a harmonious vision. Harmony appears in the lines and shapes, in the colors and fabrics that make up every element: from sofas to chairs, from bookcases to cabinets, everything contributes to generate an amazing overview.
Antonio Citterio's stylistic code translates into furnishing solutions suitable to optimize living room space, where every piece of furniture is designed to offer maximum aesthetics and practicality. Sideboards have hinged doors, flap doors and drawers; chairs, armchairs, stools and tables are made with precious wood and lacquered surfaces. The attention and choice of top quality materials give Maxalto products a balanced feeling of luxury.
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