Boomerang is a welcoming armchair featuring a flat pocket at the back for use as magazine holder and is characterised by soft and essential lines.
Its apparent simplicity is misleading and is the result of the work of Rodolfo Bonetto, one of the masters of Italian design, who created a solid internal steel structure for it, with the unmistakably shaped lateral profiles that inspired its name. It has specifically designed screws that are machined on a lathe and then chrome-plated, while the folds in the upholstery fabric are done by hand. Boomerang combines high-quality materials with methods based on a craftsmen type production that remains strictly made in Italy. In its more social interpretation furthermore, by joining several elements together, it becomes a modular sofa. Part of the MoMA permanent collection in New York.
Born in Milan in 1929, Rodolfo Bonetto abandoned a successful career as a jazz drummer to devote himself to the profession of designer. He started up his own business in 1958 and in the years that followed worked in a large number of industrial fields ranging from the designing of tooling machines to clocks, lamps, ski boots, surgical lasers and motorcars. Being self-taught, he was so keenly oriented towards design praxis as to provide an important contribution to the teaching of industrial design at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm and later on at Isia in Rome. He was awarded eight gold compasses, the last of which was for his own professional career. He died in Milan in 1991.