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This side chair by Italian design collective Atipico riffs on familiar styles long seen in schools and other institutions. In the hands of designers Studiocharlie, that utilitarian inspiration is subtly refined—with a framework made of zinc-plated steel tubing, available in a selection of powder-coat colors or in gleaming stainless steel. The comfortably curved seat and backrest are crafted in warm grained wood with either an oak or walnut finish.
“We stand out for continuous research on materials,” says Gianluca Corbari, co-founder with his brothers Enrico and Maurizio and creative director of Atipico. “But also the traditional ones like wood, iron and ceramics, reinterpreted with a contemporary language. We’re trying to bring out the soul of the materials.”
The upstart Milan-based brand proudly labels its offerings “strictly made in Italy” and works with many designers who seek out the company for its passion for design. Young talents like Federico Angi, Fabio Meliota, Antonino Sciortino, Carlo Trevisani and Zaven “know about historical techniques and Italian productive culture,” says Corbari. “I ask them to find that detail, that extra stroke that makes the difference, but without making a product that is over-designed.”