Vico Magistretti

Birgit Lohmann

Alessandro Mendini

De Padova
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The Tondo armchair has a welcoming high back drawn from the bergère, the traditional reading easy chair. It can also be fitted with swivel wheels mounted on the front legs. The curvilinear shape of the armrests dovetails with that of the headrest to form a circular line. Tondo has a steel structure with polyurethane foam filler at different densities covered with polyester wadding. The legs are mounted on painted steel wheels, and on the fixed model, they are in stained beech. The fabric upholstery is completely removable but not the one in leather.

In 2004 De Padova produced a new version, called Girotondo, version was covered in fabric by Alessandro Mendini.

For the new version Girotondo, the Harlequin-patterned fabric was specifically designed by Alessandro Mendini. In an interview contained in De Padova's monograph, Ferruccio Laviani recalls the redesign process: "In a completely calm shop with fabulous fabrics, grey flannels, they place Vico's chair reinterpreted by Mendini. The fact that they put this armchair in the window is a sign of dynamism, De Padova goes beyond its specific line of products. ("50 anni di design. è DePadova. Intuizioni, passioni, incontri," 2006)

A new Tondo 05 version was produced in 2005.

technical data

Steel, polyurethane, polyester wadding, fabric, rubber (casters). Painted steel; Wenge-stained oak (legs)


h 100 cm,  73x84 cm
h 100 cm,  73x73 cm

h 90 cm, 70x70 cm


Domus 2003, 858, pp./nn. 161

project profile by Ali Filippini