From a formal standpoint this is an extremely architectonic table.
The flat metal leg is the distinctive design feature. With its particular “boomerang” form it generates an image that makes a clean break with the usual orthogonal arrangement of top and structure, inserting a forceful feature that generates identity, an almost airborne sense of poise, even with large measurements. Soffio has a metal base and a top in solid wood or marble. Solid and light at the same time, it plays with the clean form of the structure that supports the overhanging top. Originally rectangular in form, even in the length of 3 meters it conveys an idea of aesthetic lightness, thanks to the slender legs and top. Soffio generates a family of products, also including smaller tables and consoles.
For the past 40 years, Antonio Citterio has been supervising the entire Flexform collection. Citterio designs A.B.C., Air, Beauty, Brenda, Carlotta, Cestone, Day-Time, Eden, Evergreen, Feel Good, Filiberto, Fly, Goodplace, Grandemare, Groundpiece, Guscio, Happy, Happy-Hour, Helen, Infinity, Kid, Lighpiece, Max, Peter, Phil, Plain, Softdream, Status, Timeless, Vic, Wilson, and Wing. Between 1979 and 1982, his work with Paolo Nava included Doralice, Magister, Pasodoble, and Ugomaria. Antonio Citterio was born in Meda in 1950, and started his design office in 1972. He got a degree in architecture at the Milan Polytechnic in 1975. Between 1987 and 1996, he worked with Terry Dwan and together they designed buildings in Europe and Japan. In 1999, he founded “Antonio Citterio and Partners” with Patricia Viel. The firm operates internationally, developing complex long-term projects on all scales and in synergy with a qualified network of consultants. In 1987 and in 1994, Antonio Citterio received the Compasso d’Oro-ADI award. Since 2006 he has been teaching architectural design at the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, Switzerland. In 2008, he was honored by the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce of London, which gave him the title of “Royal Designer for Industry.” In September 2009, the architectural firm changed its name to “Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners.”