Continues its quest for pure and ultra-contemporary forms

Zilio A&C is a Friulian brand founded in 1951 in Corno di Rosazzo, near Udine, in the city’s chair manufacturing district. The Friulian brand, founded in 1951 and now in its third generation, continues its quest for pure, ultra-contemporary forms, tapping into excellent local craftsmanship and sparking collaborations with designers around the world.

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Kinoko lounge chairs
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Under the leadership of Carlo Zilio, the company is now in its third generation and continues to tap into the region’s deep tradition of excellent artisan craftsmanship. Each design is made from a small palette of all-natural materials, meticulously selected to showcase the pieces’ sleek simplicity of form, like fine ingredients in a recipe.

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Bacchette folding chair - detail
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Another Mentsen piece is a Zilio A&C classic: the lounge chair Kinoko, which blends softness and rigor in a unique visual synthesis.
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Arkad pouf
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 These are designs that are not meant to be shown off. Each chair and accessory should be savored in detail and gradually discovered. Every aspect of the design serves a purpose, enhancing the lines and aesthetic impact, or improving comfort and stability. Aesthetic and structural strength characterize Zilio A&C’s exploration of design. Cross-disciplinary furniture, from home to corporate settings, are meticulously designed from the smallest structural details to their shapes, colors, and durable materials, while always following an intimately responsible and sustainable philosophy.

Bacchette folding chair, Mentsen design

The Mentsen creative duo was struck by the evocative appeal of the classic safari folding chair, an archetype of the 20th century with echoes of elegant atmospheres and long summer evenings outdoors. Bacchette continues to convey those emotions as seen through a contemporary lens. The piece’s character is emphasized by the two beechwood rods that give support to the backrest and act as armrests, floating almost on the thin, barely perceptible metal frame.

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Bacchette folding chair
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Upon stool, by Sylvain Willenz

The Upon family boasts an ingenious construction system, with the addition of a new stool to the collection. The plywood backrest seems to simply rest on the metal frame. The expertly-crafted wood is 18 millimeters thick at the base and can therefore be attached to the structure with an invisible joint. The result is an original synthesis of minimalism, solidity, and comfort for a highly versatile stool, perfect for the kitchen or bar.

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Upon chairs
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Upon chairs
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Candid stool, by Note Design Studio

The challenge taken on by the Stockholm studio for this piece, in synergy with Zilio A&C and all its excellence in craftsmanship and detailing, was to create a new concept for a chair that would be light and sturdy at the same time. A compact, lightweight design returns in the new Candid stool, where a few simple elements come together naturally through a complex construction process and careful jointing systems. Trapezoidal supports offer the eye a continuous variation in perspective, varying from more delicate to bolder, depending on the angle. The Candid stool and chair, in natural or stained ash wood, lend themselves to many diverse settings, from the home to the office.

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Candid chair
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Candid stool
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Arkad pouf system, by Note Design Studio

An iconic and sculptural presence for the home or workplace, Arkad recalls the arcades or porticoes of classic architecture. This family of playful and whimsical poufs can be used individually, or multiple pieces can be juxtaposed to create ever-changing seating systems. Arkad includes a series of linear elements in two lengths, and a curved corner element. The poufs are upholstered in natural wool.

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Arkad pouf
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Arkad family of poufs by Note Design Studio, is inspired by the architecture of colonnades and is among the brand’s best-loved and versatile products.
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Kinoko lounge chair, by Mentsen design

Rich materials and architectural rigor meet for an expressive and bold contrast. The strong and simple frame encloses the soft contours of the backrest and seat. The comfortable and ultra-modern Kinoko adapts easily to any home living room, hotel lobby, or office lounge.

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Kinoko lounge chair
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Kinoko lounge chair
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About Zilio A&C

Zilio A&C is one of the companies that make up the historic Manzano Chair District; it has been producing chairs and furniture accessories for more than 60 years. Zilio A&C is a company where experience, handed down from father to son, creates a delicate synergy between fine woods, traditional craftsmanship, modern technology, and a genuinely international approach. Zilio A&C stands out for its refined style, getting to the essence of every piece, as well as its sophisticated palette of carefully-selected materials, and close attention paid to every design and construction detail. Its furnishings and accessories for homes and workplaces boast a long-lasting, timeless value and beauty.


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