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An architect and a gentleman of design whose work has brilliantly stood the test of time. This applies to his many pieces of furniture, everyday items and buildings. Antonio Citterio represents the best of Italian design and has retained his steady focus on people’s requirements throughout his success. He finds the right form for the right moment, perfectly matching what we need and want as well as what is right for us.

Antonio Citterio opened his first office at the age of just 22, before he had even completed his architecture degree in Milan. Since the 1990s, the successful architect has also been one of the most internationally sought-after designers, as is clear from the portfolio of renowned companies for which he works: world leading design brands such as Vitra and B & B Italia (furniture), Flos (lighting) and, for several years now, Axor, the Hansgrohe designer brand, all successfully implement his ideas.

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Project developers and hotel chains also benefit from the Milan-based designer’s esprit and design ideas. Citterio’s CV is adorned with luxury lodgings for the prestigious Bulgari hotel chain, a luxury spa in Moscow and the title “Royal Designer”, awarded to him by the British Royal Society.

The charming father of two regards passing on his expertise through his position as a lecturer at the Academy of Architecture in the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland as a simple matter of course. The reason for the success of his architecture and design projects is both simple and obvious: he does not try to conform to the Zeitgeist. He aims to tease out objects’ dormant potential rather than simply using them as a “look”. The modest boss of around 50 employees continually repeats that he is on a constant search for true and authentic work and that he detests bad design. Fortunately, many prestigious clients feel the same way and are filled with enthusiasm for his work.

Courtesy of HANSGROHE