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Founded in 1975 alongside B&B Italia, Maxalto soon developed a personal identity in the specialized production of artisan furniture. Striving for the highest standards of quality in terms of materials and workmanship is the objective of excellence inherent in the brand’s very name. Indeed, Maxalto derives from the Venetian dialect terms “massa alto”, which mean “the highest”.

Afra e Tobia Scarpa - Piero Ambrogio Busnelli
Afra and Tobia Scarpa
with Piero Ambrogio Busnelli
The brand’s research into form looks to the past, with a revisitation of classical styles. Afra and Tobia Scarpa were its first interpreters, designing a series of wooden furniture items through the use of rare, ancient production processes typical of cabinet and lute making. The result was extremely striking in its sculptural effect, as epitomised by the Africa chair (Artona collection) and the New Harmony collection.
1975 - Africa, by Afra and Tobia Scarpa
Afra e Tobia Scarpa - Africa 1975
Afra e Tobia Scarpa - Bergere 1975
1975 - Bergère, by Afra and Tobia Scarpa
1979 - New Harmony, by Afra and Tobia Scarpa
Afra e Tobia Scarpa - New Harmony 1975
Afra e Tobia Scarpa - Damasco 1989
1989 - Damasco, by Afra and Tobia Scarpa
1985 - Artona, by Afra and Tobia Scarpa
Afra e Tobia Scarpa - Artona 1989
Antonio Citterio
Antonio Citterio
“There is a direction that I followed when I designed the Maxalto collection: the feel of the bourgeois room and last century’s traditions”. In 1993 Maxalto opened a new chapter, with Antonio Citterio becoming the sole author. His many projects are an exercise in proportions, precious materials and attention to details, resulting in a complete furniture offering, not just in wood, but also in upholstery.
The autonomous, almost improvised pieces comprised in the five Maxalto collections are thus tied by an invisible thread.