The Maxalto Collection was established in 1975. The collection includes products with shapes drawing inspiration from the typologies and styles of French design between the two World Wars. Maxalto is a line of interior furnishings designed and coordinated by Antonio Citterio. Maxalto is often sold within B&B Italia stores but has in the last decade established itself more and more as its own brand. The first stand alone Maxalto store opened in Paris, France. In 2008 the first monobrand store in the US opened in Chicago, Illinois, followed soon after by Miami, Florida.
Born in Meda, Italy in 1950, Antonio Citterio graduated from Politecnico di Milano, one of the country’s most prestigious schools, in 1975. Having begun his designs in 1972, Citterio collaborated with architect Terry Dwan between 1987 and 1996 and the duo designed buildings in Europe and Japan. In 2000, Citterio opened the architecture and design office together with designer Patricia Viel where they developed international projects.
Antonio Cittorio currently works in the field of industrial design. His customer portfolio includes many Italian and international brands such as Ansorg, Arclinea, Axor-Hansgrohe, B&B Italia, Flexform, Flos, Hermès, Iittala, Kartell, Maxalto, Sanitec (Geberit Group), Technogym and Vitra.
Having received the Compasso d’Oro-ADI award in 1987 and 1994, the designer has been teaching at the Department of Architectural Design at Mendrisio Academy of Architecture in Switzerland since 2006. He was given the title “Royal Designer for Industry” in 2008.