By Antonio Citterio
Maxalto's history of excellence continues with Tesaurus, a series of refined storage units designed by Antonio Citterio. The shape underlines the high quality of the craftsmanship, starting with the curved wooden doors that open to reveal slightly protruding shelves, and a continuous profile that follows the volume’s. Tesaurus is available in three different heights and widths, with two or four doors, with drawers and flap doors. The base is a die-cast aluminium structure borrowed from the Caratos chair design, while the element above is a top in black Marquinia, white Calacatta or Emperador marble. The interiors are made of refined maple frisé. The craftsmanship is expressed in the luxurious parchment or wood finishes. The veneered oak or Chilean Tineo wood is made with a staggered checker motif with crossed grains. Parchment covering is a long and meticulous process and needs to be laid by specialised craftsmen who are trained to respect the natural material’s characteristics. Over the passage of time the parchment surface matures so that, like a good wine, it will be transformed and acquire new sophisticated hues. Thanks to the complex hand crafted processes inherent in the manufacturing processes, the value of Tesaurus is immediately obvious. Each piece in this collection becomes a unique object, difficult to imitate and authentically exclusive.