Icons Reinterpreted

Two Zanotta design icons reinterpreted in new variations: the historic Maggiolina armchair and the Pianoalto sofa.

Maggiolina armchair

A new interpretation of Zanotta’s historic Maggiolina armchair, designed by Marco Zanuso: the brand is introducing a catalogue version with upholstered elements covered in fabric, in compliance with the original 1947 Italian design.

The small Maggiolina armchair, with its ergonomic and welcoming comfort, takes on an even more contemporary air with the material contrast between the fabric of the cushions, the leather of the armrests and body and the metal of the frame. Produced by Zanotta since 1972, it is one of the brand’s iconic bestsellers, a symbol of “good Italian design”, a functional and sustainable product designed to last.

The chaise longue designed in 1947 by Marco Zanuso, the great Milanese designer who tirelessly experimented with materials and technologies applied to Italian design, was an innovative project at the time, abandoning the traditional concept of the armchair with an upholstered structure and the use of artisan techniques to introduce a new construction system designed for mass industrial production.

The design of Zanotta’s Maggiolina is based on the functional decomposition of the elements: an elegant curved tubular steel frame (polished or nickel-satined in natural or black colour, or painted black); a semi-rigid shell made of pigmented leather 90 and two soft armchair cushions with goose down padding for the backrest and polyurethane/Dacron Du Pont for the seat.

Pianoalto sofa

We created a system exploiting the different depths, to create an idea of extended surface, in which the different elements are like planes suspended from the line of the floor.

This is how designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba describe Zanotta’s famous Pianoalto modular sofa collection, which has now been expanded with two new curved elements that can create new spatial configurations, characterised by more sinuous lines and open compositions to create intimate areas dedicated to conversation and conviviality in the home living room, as well as in lounges, waiting and reception areas in hotels, workplaces and multifunctional spaces.

Linear, angular, open and closed configurations of great scenic impact even in the most compact dimensions highlight this iconic Italian design: the new curved elements of Pianoalto, available in the 116 cm deep version, can thus create “vis-à-vis” compositions with two sofas facing each other, which are more enveloping and create a more intimate and welcoming dimension that is also ideal for contract environments.

Painoalto is an island of relaxation, a large soft platform on which to arrange cushions by freely combining elements, creating a dynamic alternation of modules complete with backrest, end elements without armrests, extended armchairs and ottomans and playing with the different depths. Comfort is the focus of the modular sofa, now further guaranteed by the new range of high back cushions with rollers designed to support shoulders and head.

The seat of this modular sofa, of pure Italian design, is conceived as a single volume that incorporates both the internal wooden structure and the base. The feet, set back diagonally from the base, determine the characteristic diamond shape of the lower part, creating an effect of suspension from the ground. The padding of the seat, backrest and armrests is made of different-density polyurethane/Dacron Du Pont with a quilted insert of goose down for uniformity, softness and exceptional ergonomic comfort.


Icons Reinterpreted

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