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Tessa | Antonio Citterio | 2020



Every constructive detail of the Tessa armchair is a clue to the great complexity that lies behind its seeming simplicity. The kind of simplicity that stems from the ingenuity and hand-craftsmanship inherent to the concept of the product itself.

The structure is made entirely of solid wood.  The traditional joinery requires expert craftsmanship and gently exalts the natural texture and feel of the wood. An ancient art that dates back to Italian rural tradition, the delicate yet strong woven paper rush cord in the seat and backrest is also finely hand-crafted. Soft optional cushions held in place by slender straps add a deeper sense of welcome to the Tessa armchair.

The Tessa family includes an armchair, ottoman, bench and a coffee table with marble top, available in a number of types of marble.

Structure in solid canaletto walnut natural, stained extra, or in solid ashwood stained walnut, stained teak, stained wenge, stained ebony or stained brown.

Woven twisted paper rush cord 

Seat/backrest cushion (for the armchair only) in polyester fiber; upon request

Feet in die-cast zama with satin, chrome, black chrome, burnished, glossy anthracite finish. Feet rest on tips made of thermoplastic material 

Seat and backrest cushion upholstery is removable in both the fabric and leather versions


The Tessa S.H. armchair is an iconic combination of a wood structure crafted in the fine Italian cabinetmaking tradition and a quintessential, timeless material like cowhide.

The structure of the Tessa S.H. armchair is made entirely of prized solid ash wood, Canaletto walnut or mahogany. The joints and finishes are hand-crafted using techniques that require expert artisan skill and highlight the inherent qualities of a warm, natural material like wood.

The solid mahogany version is only available with glossy finish.

The seat and backrest of the Tessa S.H. armchair are made of cowhide and the posterior of the backrest features sophisticated top stitching that underscores the chair’s refined craftsmanship.

The Tessa S.H. armchair can be paired with a footstool in the same finishes.

Structure in solid canaletto walnut with natural finish or stained canaletto walnut extra; or in solid ashwood stained walnut, stained teak, stained wenge, stained ebony or stained brown; or in solid mahogany with glossy varnished finish 

Seat/backrest in cowhide in the following colors: grey 5003, dark brown 5004, extra dark brown 5013, black 5005, olive 5006, russian red 5008, sand 5001, tobacco 5015

Feet in die-cast zama with satin, chrome, burnished, black chrome, glossy anthracite finish. Rests on tips made of thermoplastic material

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