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Molteni&C's journey: iconic pieces and designers

Established in 1934 as an artisan workshop, Molteni&C quickly emerged as a powerful force in the furniture area, gaining recognition for its unwavering commitment to exceptional craftsmanship. By 1947, the company had transformed into a flourishing industrial factory, with a workforce of over 60 skilled individuals and pioneering prototypes like the avant-garde chest of drawers with a three-fork geometric joint, along with two innovative bookcases. In 1961, Angelo Molteni took on a prominent position as a committee member for the inaugural Salone del Mobile in Milan.

In 1982, Aldo Rossi and Luca Meda teamed up to create the Teatro seating series. Originally conceived to enhance the spaces of a small theatre in Milan, its name echoes its initial function. These seats feature frames with a walnut or lacquered finish, highlighting their precise and essential shape. Their appeal lies in their well-proportioned design and meticulous details, like the graceful curl that delicately adorns the backrest and armrest, as well as the gentle curves that define their structure. In 1988, the Teatro Open metal chair was introduced, incorporating the same features of its predecessor. Its distinctive element is the seat, consisting of a durable soft wire mesh made of resistant spring-steel. Remarkably lightweight, the chair only weighs 2.8 kg.

In 1987, renowned designer Aldo Rossi introduced the iconic, lightweight Milano chair, which beautifully combines functionality and an elegant appeal. Inspired by the aesthetic of traditional chairs, it incorporates parallel slats seamlessly integrated into the fixed sections. This intricate yet delicate design ensures a creak-free experience and outstanding flexibility. The Milano chair has become a symbol of Italian design across the globe, taking centre stage in numerous prestigious events.

Designed by Aldo Rossi for Molteni&C in 1987, the Carteggio cabinet marked the beginning of the company's industrial production, which focused on creating functional and architectural items. The primary concept behind this unique design was to craft a tall secretaire that could efficiently organise documents while also serving as a captivating centrepiece in any space. The secretaire features high and low drawers, a spacious storage compartment with a double door, and a discreet pull-out shelf concealed behind a sliding shutter.

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The D.153.1 armchair, presented at the 2012 Salone del Mobile alongside the Gio Ponti Collection, was conceived by the renowned designer for his private residence in Via Dezza, Milan. This inviting and cosy armchair has been faithfully reproduced by Molteni&C, staying true to the original design while updating it with contemporary textures and patterns. The inclined frame is made of satin-finished brass, while the upholstery comes in two-tone leather or Rubelli's exquisite "Punteggiato" fabric, a design by Ponti himself dating back to 1934. With its elegance and distinctive character, the D.153.1 armchair effortlessly enhances any space, which makes it a perfect addition to any environment.

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