Antonio Citterio
Axor Citterio


Antonio Citterio: dimensions of design

Dimensions of design. For the Romans, the bath was an institution. It was part of daily life to take time to relax on a large scale. Today, the bath is more important than ever, since it is one of the last bastions of relaxation. Free from the demands, the daily hustle and bustle, and the noise of the environment one searches for calmness in the bath – having time for yourself and your body is the “modern luxury”. The Axor Citterio bathtub and washstand combination creates a design of relaxation with large dimensions and newly interpreted transitions.


Antonio Citterio was born in Meda (Milan) in 1950. He studied architecture at the Milan Polytechnic and opened his studio in 1972, mainly focusing on industrial design. Antonio Citterio works for Italian and foreign companies such as Ansorg, Arclinea, Axor-Hansgrohe, B&B Italia, Flexform, Flos, Fusital, Guzzini, Iittala, Inda, Kartell, Maxalto, Pozzi Ginori -Sanitec Group, Tre Piů, Vitra, and Wall. In 1981, he started to work in the architectural and interior design business. “Antonio Citterio and Partners” was founded by Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel in 1999 as a multidisciplinary studio for architectural design, industrial and graphic design. The studio develops projects for residential complexes and trade centres, industrial sites, the restructuring of public buildings as well as the planning of workspaces, offices, showrooms, and hotels. It is also operational in the field of corporate communications and the implementation of corporate image projects, fittings and graphics. From 1999 to 2002, Antonio Citterio taught at the Academy of Architecture of Mendrisio, University of Italian Switzerland. Among the many awards he has received are the Milan Triennial’s “Compasso d’Oro” in 1987 and 1995. In 2002, he received the “Hall of Fame Award” as interior designer and architect, and was appointed “Designer of the year 2002” by Architektur & Wohnen. Several of his products, including the container unit “Mobil” for Kartell, are on permanent display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. In 2004, Antonio Citterio received the “red dot” for the “Kelvin” lamp (Flos), and for the “Decanter” (Iittala) received the “Design Plus Prize” of Messe Frankfurt.

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