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Published by Sugar & Cream, Thursday 22 February 2024

Text and images courtesy Zilio A&C

The multiperspective armchair (bold geometries and sophisticated details)

The Joli armchair, designed by the Swedish Note (design studio) for the historic Friulian brand Zilio A&C, is striking at first glance for its backrest. From any angle, its form is inviting and warm. 

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“Designed for dining and meeting rooms, Joli also seamlessly fits into hospitality settings. Approaching the table around which the chair is placed, its rear aspect is immediately eye-catching. We started our design process here, collaborating closely with Zilio A&C’s technical and artisanal experts to unmistakably shape Joli’s character”, the team at Note explains.

The armchair’s signature is its plush, voluminous backrest geometry, which blends effortlessly with the frame of natural or wengé- stained beech wood. This frame stands out for its simplicity and durability. Zilio A&C’s masterful craftsmanship ensures that every detail radiates warmth and generosity.

“Working with the Note team, who previously designed the Candid stool and Arkad pouf system for us, is continually inspiring. Like its predecessors, Joli embodies design purity and the ability to evoke both subtle and profound emotions, resonating with our minimalist approach and meticulous attention to material beauty,” Carlo Zilio, CEO of Zilio A&C, remarks.

Bridging residential and commercial spaces, Joli reaffirms the company’s knack for forging global designer collaborations. Founded in 1951 near Manzano’s chair district in Udine, now under Carlo Zilio’s third- generation leadership, the company skillfully combines deep-rooted craftsmanship with innovative designs that capture the international market’s imagination.

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