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The couture style of Minotti chairs

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Minotti chairs, the perfect mix of comfort and timeless style


Essential, clear and at the same time sinuous lines are combined with precious, refined materials capable of giving a contemporary touch to chairs that wink at the vintage heritage of the golden years of design. Today, the chairs, whether used at home or in contract settings, have a sophisticated charisma, born from the combination of textures, precious woods and metal, and welcoming shapes that seem to envelop those who sit in them in a comfortable embrace.

Versatile and designed to furnish both indoor and outdoor spaces, they are often the result of innovation and artisanal know-how, just like those produced by Minotti, a symbol of Made in Italy that has been producing masterpieces of the designs that mix craftsmanship, tradition and aesthetic sobriety. No detail is left to chance.

Minotti chairs all have the characteristic of being created for the interior, for the living room, to then be turned for the outdoors and for contexts such as that of catering that require a combination of elegance, comfort, functionality, and space-saving solutions.


Lido, the seat with an enveloping and sculptural design

Lido is a design jewel born from the inspiration of a creative Italian-Danish couple who have put together their own stylistic melting pot. The line was in fact conceived by Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi, of the Copenhagen architecture studio GamFratesi, who in these seats express their roots in the perfect fusion of tradition and innovation, craftsmanship and technology, rigidity and poetry.

The two draw on the Danish artisan tradition and the classic Italian intellectual and conceptual approach, creating a very successful mix that also reinterprets Scandinavian minimalism in a sophisticated way, loading it with more refined contents. For Lido, created for Minotti, the challenge is to interpret the same design for different areas, indoor and outdoor.

First of all, the technology and the materials with which they are made define their destination.

For the interior line, it looks like a comfortable basket nest, with a round seat and a sculptural 'X' base. The design is inspired by the fifties and is expressed in a seat with a continuous and enveloping curved line to define the upholstered shell, which recalls the stylistic signs typical of brutalist architecture, made more comfortable by the presence of the cushions.

The outdoor version, which has the backrest structure in bronze painted stainless steel and is covered with polypropylene ropes in the traditional dark brown and sand colors or brighter colors such as cedar, blue and petrol, offers a formal seat, which takes more depth until it becomes a bergère, designing a soft niche. A real invitation to unwind in a more intimate and relaxed way.


Belt, classic shapes and weaves for the chair designed by the architect Rodolfo Dordoni

When the rationalist architect Rodolfo Dordoni designed the Belt collection for Minotti, he was inspired by the idea of a belt that draws the profile of the body, wrapping it, then interrupting and closing on the front of the seat.

Especially in the leather version, the strip is sewn onto a piece of bonded leather to lend support and ensure a consistent thickness: it is applied to the upholstery like a belt on a dress and requires a very sophisticated processing to follow the curved shape of the seat and keep the visible seams perfectly straight and even. A "belt" band draws the profile of the body, characterizing its design; with leather upholstery, the "belt" will always be made with bands, using the same technique for suitcases and high-quality leather bags, joined together by careful hand-finished stitching.

The seat shell lining is made by assembling the various parts of the fabric with the aid of a grosgrain tape, the color of which is at the discretion of the company; in the leather version, it is in the same leather provided for the upholstery. At the lower ends of the seat only two zips are placed to simplify the removal of the covers.


Torii, lightness and encounter made in Japan

At first it was designed, in 2020, for indoor use, Torii then migrated to outdoor living and hospitality environments. Conceived by the Japanese designer Oki Sato, founder of the Nendo studio, it plays with the rounded volumes, the lightness of the thicknesses and the apparent formal simplicity of Japanese inspiration.

Conceived to meet needs such as functionality and ergonomics, Torii has a perfect circle backrest, with a sophisticated visual lightness that welcomes the padded seat. A poetic and precious touch is what Sato gives to this collection that emphasizes the haute couture approach in Minotti's tailoring.

On the base in natural teak or dark brown-stained mahogany, supported by aluminum legs painted in a glossy bronze-colored anti-touch finish, rests the tubular steel structure painted in the backrest, woven with rope, in the two colors ecru and dark brown, with a design inspired by Vienna straw, but with a larger knit.


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