It's cheers to Flexform, as the stalwart of sleek Italian design celebrates 60 years in the biz..

And as birthdays are often a time for reflection, here’s to the now-iconic ABC armchair – first launched in 1996 and the ultimate embodiment of creative director, Antonio Citterio’s philosophy for design that’s easily recognised and made for everyday life.

ABC chair, from £2,632 and footstool, from £X, Flexform, interdesignuk.biz.

Recent additions, such as saddle hide armrests, make it a design classic that keeps on giving.

ABC chair, from £2,632, Flexform at interdesignuk.biz.

Founded in the Brianza furniture manufacturing district in Northern Italy, Flexform is a family affair, now in its third generation.

In 1959, the Galimberti brothers opened an artisan workshop, called “Flexform di Galimberti”, soon followed by their first showroom where the sofas and armchairs on display found their way, in the postwar era, into the elegant buildings in Milan, villas overlooking Lake Como, and even the foyer of the Teatro alla Scala.

Bangkok outdoor ottomans, £POA, Flexform, interdesignuk.biz.

Their children transformed the workshop into an industrial facility and, in 1967, it became Flexform S.p.A. The family’s perceptive insights led to them partnering with some of the leading designers of the time: Joe Colombo, Asnago-Vender, Cini Boeri, Rodolfo Bonetto and many others.

Fly outdoor coffee tables, £POA, Flexform, interdesignuk.biz.

The company’s vision also included investing in a talented young architect-designer named Antonio Citterio, a partnership that has continued, without interruption, for more than forty years.

Ortigia dining armchair, £POA, Flexform, interdesignuk.biz.

Best known for its sofas, Flexform produces a vast collection of living room furniture, as well as pieces for the dining room, bedroom and outdoors.

Creative director, Antonio Citterio, adds, ‘Our customers are discerning and feel the need to set themselves apart. Like us, at Flexform, they realise the only way to do that is to personify an innate elegance that requires just a few, carefully-selected pieces with which to surround themselves’.  

See Antonio Citterio’s residential designs.

Buy Flexform furniture at interdesignuk.biz.

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