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Inspired by the proportions of the classic Thonet chair, Vico Magistretti designed a polypropylene and aluminum chair that’s comfortable, light, and sturdy. Suitable for around the dining table or in the study, it is so versatile and adaptable that it can be used in a variety of settings.

More than a chair, it is actually a seating system composed of chairs with or without armrests, stackable seating (up to six chairs), chairs with swiveling castors, stools, multiple beam-mounted chairs and accessories.

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Technical Specifications

FRAME OF LEGS / BACKREST / ARMRESTS: satin-finished anodized tubular aluminium, polished or powder-coated - matt white or
black. Feet in thermoplastic material.

SEAT AND BACKREST: polypropylene, Class 1 (UNO) according to fire resistance test (Art. 2 point 2.4 D.M. 26.6.84) or in polished
anodized aluminium.

SWIVEL FIVE-SPOKE BASE: powder-coated steel, aluminium finish, matt white or black. Swivel castors in thermoplastic material,
with safety brake. Height-adjustable seat by means of a square thread screw.
The swivel five-spoke base has castors in black plastic with safety brake for soft floors and carpeting (type A); upon request, castors
with soft tread are also available, in grey, with safety brake for hard floors such as in wood or marble (type B).

SEAT FRAME/SPACERS FOR STACKABLE CHAIR: die-cast polished aluminium, transparent powder-coated; for satin version it is
aluminium powder-coated; for the version with painted structure it is matt white or matt black powder-coated.

CUSHION: polyurethane foam and polyester wadding, covered with light polyester velvet. Thermoplastic buttons.
For the FR (Fire Resistant) versions on request, the filling materials comply with the current regulations. Removable cover in fabric, dry cleanable.

WRITING TABLE: birch plywood (class E1, CARB P2 / TSCA Title VI certified) coated with laminate. Pre-cast aluminium hub.

CART FOR TRANSPORT (up to 6 chairs): polished anodized aluminium with castors in synthetic rubber.

HOOK FOR SIDE-BY-SIDE CONNECTION: black thermoplastic.

BASE MOUNTED ON BEAM: powder-coated steel, aluminium finish, with seating support in aluminium casting, powder-coated,
aluminium finish. Adjustable thermoplastic feet.3 legs are installed on the 5-seat beam. For all back-to-back double layout, two joint beams are needed. On the order please specify the beam chosen as joint beam.

SMALL TABLE INSTALLED ON BEAM: HPL white layered laminate
Meet the designer
Vico Magistretti

Architect and designer, studied at Politecnico di Torino and Champ Universitarie Italien in Losanne. Graduated from Politecnico di Milano in 1945. immediately after graduating from Politecnico, Vico Magistretti began his career working with the architect Paolo Chessa at the firm owned and run by his father Pier Giulio Magistretti on via Conservatorio, now Fondazione Studio Magistretti aimed at promoting his life and career.

Important figure within the history of Italian architecture and Design, he made a name of himself thanks to designs, products and his academic career. Magistretti’s research has been continuous – into design, the culture of the project and innovative experimentation with materials and space solutions, not to mention shapes and functions far from the rigours of fashions that passed through during the years.

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