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by Franco Raggi

The Canton wooden bench, designed by Franco Raggi in 1988, fitted out with two spaces on the sides—containers for magazines, books and phone directories, still in use at the time—ideally designed for home entrances, «was born, —Franco Raggi writes—, from a graphic exercise: a black line which in its continuous path creates two squares connected by a horizontal line. Dragging this line into the third dimension, I realised that the solid thus obtained could be a bench, not a comfortable seat, but for temporary use, where ergonomics could be sacrifice in favour of an abstract, almost neoplastic image. Books and things could be put in the squares transformed into open compartments.»

 

After putting the project in their catalogue — in the usual philological fashion — Centro Studi Poltronova, together with the architect Franco Raggi, has brought out a new version of Canton, in two combinations, red and green, blue and orange, each with a positive and a negative version.

 

To request information, please write to info@poltronova.it, for a quote to sales@poltronova.it.

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  • year1988
  • typologybench
  • dimension170[l] x 45[w] x 75[h] cm
  • weight46 kg
  • materials[Canton] beech wood with melamine edge and water painting
    [Canton coloured] wooden structure clad in natural dyed ash veneer and water paint
  • colours[Canton] beech and black
    [Canton coloured] red/green | green/red | blue/orange | orange/blue |
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Exhibitions

  • 2020Poltronova. La casa non domestica, Contemporary Cluster, Rome
  • 2023Ultrafavola. Poltronova beyond the mirror, Milano Design Week, Milan

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ULTRAFAVOLA: Poltronova beyond the mirror
Milano Design Week 2023
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On the occasion of Milan Design Week 2023, Centro Studi Poltronova renews its synergy with Mosca Partners for Design Variations, this time crossing the threshold of the Palazzo del Circolo Filologico Milanese in the heart of the Brera Design District. From 17 to 23 April, the Tuscan company will take centre stage. In the large and evocative Liberty Hall, under the luminous eye of a suggestive skylight, in a maze of rooms suspended in space and time, iconic objects and unusual new proposals will be displayed as if they had jumped out of one of the over ten thousand volumes of the library of the city's oldest cultural association that has its headquarters here. With ULTRAFAVOLA, inspired by its own “best seller”, the Ultrafragola mirror designed by Ettore Sottsass, the Centro Studi Poltronova, just like in Lewis Carroll's novel Through the Looking Glass and what Alice Found There, invites you to go beyond reflective surfaces to discover the magical dimension of part of its fantastic product catalogue. 
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💡 Art direction by @_d_apostrophe_
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📷 Photo by @serenaeller
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📆 2023 April 17–23 
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📍@design_variations, @circolofilologicomilanese, via Clerici 10, Milan
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#poltronova #ultrafavola #canton #cantonbench #francoraggi #autostrada #autostradarug #lapobinazzi #milandesignweek2023 #milanodesignweek2023 #milan #design #mdw2023 #designvariations2023 #circolofilologicomilanese #breradesigndistrict  #radicaldesign #popdesign #design #italiandesign #madeinitaly
🥢 Canton
Bench designed by Franco Raggi
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The Canton wooden bench, designed by Franco Raggi in 1988, fitted out with two spaces on the sides—containers for magazines, books and phone directories, still in use at the time—ideally designed for home entrances, «was born, —Franco Raggi writes—, from a graphic exercise: a black line which in its continuous path creates two squares connected by a horizontal line. Dragging this line into the third dimension, I realised that the solid thus obtained could be a bench, not a comfortable seat, but for temporary use, where ergonomics could be sacrifice in favour of an abstract, almost neoplastic image. Books and things could be put in the squares transformed into open compartments.»
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💡 Art direction by @_d_apostrophe_
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📷 Photo by @psavorelli
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#poltronova #francoraggi #canton #cantonbench #radicaldesign #popdesign #design #italiandesign #madeinitaly #bench
🥢 Canton
Bench designed by Franco Raggi
.
The Canton wooden bench, designed by Franco Raggi in 1988, fitted out with two spaces on the sides—containers for magazines, books and phone directories, still in use at the time—ideally designed for home entrances, «was born, —Franco Raggi writes—, from a graphic exercise: a black line which in its continuous path creates two squares connected by a horizontal line. Dragging this line into the third dimension, I realised that the solid thus obtained could be a bench, not a comfortable seat, but for temporary use, where ergonomics could be sacrifice in favour of an abstract, almost neoplastic image. Books and things could be put in the squares transformed into open compartments.»
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💡 Art direction by @_d_apostrophe_
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📷 Photo by @psavorelli
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#poltronova #francoraggi #canton #cantonbench #radicaldesign #popdesign #design #italiandesign #madeinitaly #bench @kinraggi @francoraggistudio
🥢 Canton
Bench designed by Franco Raggi
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The Canton wooden bench, designed by Franco Raggi in 1988, fitted out with two spaces on the sides—containers for magazines, books and phone directories, still in use at the time—ideally designed for home entrances, «was born, —Franco Raggi writes—, from a graphic exercise: a black line which in its continuous path creates two squares connected by a horizontal line. Dragging this line into the third dimension, I realised that the solid thus obtained could be a bench, not a comfortable seat, but for temporary use, where ergonomics could be sacrifice in favour of an abstract, almost neoplastic image. Books and things could be put in the squares transformed into open compartments.»
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#poltronova #francoraggi #canton #cantonbench #radicaldesign #popdesign #design #italiandesign #madeinitaly #bench @francoraggistudio @kinraggi

Franco Raggi

1945

Designed for Poltronova:
Canton

To request information, please write to info@poltronova.it, for a quote to sales@poltronova.it.