One Block Down x Zanotta “Chromatic Stream”

In its latest collaboration, One Block Down has partnered with Zanotta, the iconic Italian furniture brand founded in 1954 in Nova Milanese. Zanotta stands as a pillar in the Italian design panorama, renowned for its revolutionary contributions and for defining the aesthetics of modern living, championing innovative design and craftsmanship that has not only shaped but also elevated Italian design to the global stage.
Through collaborations with legendary designers and architects, Zanotta has produced pieces that are more than just furniture; they are symbols of cultural transformation and timeless elegance.

This collaboration pays homage to the work of iconic designer Liisi Beckmann, born in the Karelia region in Finland in 1923 who moved to Milan in 1957, starting her work as an object and furniture designer. Her work is characterised by different themes and approaches, from the innovation and experimentation of new or non traditional materials, to the continuous research of new shapes and functional solutions and of course the shapes, with her work many times being around organic and fluid shapes, which went in the opposite direction of many of her contemporaries, more focused on geometric shapes.

The product at the centre of this collaboration between One Block Down and Zanotta is the iconic Karelia, first released in 1966. It is one of the most famous pieces in modern design. This non-conforming pop icon armchair symbolises freedom and the Sixties. The Karelia is one of the first frameless armchairs, made entirely of polyurethane foam. The inspiration behind its wave-like surface and design comes from the Karelia area of Finland, where the designer is from, famous for its bays and gulfs.

This special collaboration features a unique edition characterised by "eco-leather" in a metallic colour, one of the symbolic elements of the dialogue and stylistic progress of One Block Down, with an embossed logo on the back and special branded label.

To honour the collaboration, One Block Down has developed an in-store installation in Milan. It can be visited for the duration of Milan Design Week, from 16th to 21st of April, 11am to 8pm.
The limited edition will be available online at on 26th April.

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