Grand Relax is a luxurious reclining lounge chair combining outstanding comfort with compact dimensions and a classic understated aesthetic. The exceptional seating experience offered by this chair stems from the harmonious interplay of diverse elements and its conception as a leather-upholstered furnishing. High-quality leather covers encase the soft seat and back cushions, which sit loosely on the lounge chair and snugly envelop the sitter. When sitting down, the user sinks slowly into the cushions, while a concealed integrated mechanism absorbs the weight and moves the chair into a reclined position. The seat and backrest move independently in synchronised motion. A control knob can be rotated to adjust the resistance of the mechanism, and the backrest can be locked at any angle. Mounted on an elegant four-star base made of aluminium, the lounge chair can be rotated 360°. A matching ottoman is available as a footrest or additional seating option.
Grand Relax features a combination of choice materials, such as cast aluminium and high-quality leather. Antonio Citterio developed the armchair around the concept of using leather as a cover material, and wanted the cushions to have a well-used look. He therefore selected particularly soft leather cushions that acquire an appealing patina with visible creases over time, giving each armchair a unique appearance.
The lower half of the outer backrest shell is covered with embossed split leather, forming a type of shield that enfolds the user, while defining the contours of the lounge chair. The combination of split leather and Leather Premium creates a dynamic contrast between the armchair's inner and outer faces. Split leather is also used to cover the understructure of the seat and ottoman.
Grand Relax has a compact yet inviting appearance. The carefully designed proportions of the low-slung body, long armrests and upward tapering backrest visually emphasise the dynamic seating experience and emanate a comfortable feeling of security.
Antonio Citterio was born in the Italian city of Meda in 1950. He opened his own studio in 1972 and completed his degree in architecture at the Polytechnic University of Milan in 1975. Between 1987 and 1996, he collaborated with Terry Dawn to design many buildings across Europe and Japan. In 2000, Citterio and Patricia Viel formed a multidisciplinary office for architecture, interior design and graphics. The office operates at international level developing complex long-term projects in synergy with a qualified network of specialist consultants. The practice is now called “Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel”.
Antonio Citterio works in the industrial design sector with companies such as Ansorg, Arclinea, Axor-Hansgrohe, B&B Italia, Flexform, Flos, Hermès, Iittala, Kartell, Maxalto, Sanitec (Geberit Group), Technogym and Vitra. He has received numerous awards, including the Compasso d'Oro in 1987 and 1995. Citterio has been a professor at the Faculty of Architecture at the Università della Svizzera Italiana in Mendrisio from 2006 to 2016. He was awarded the title 'Royal Designer for Industry' by the London-based Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce in 2008.