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The Italian chair

15 giugno 2020

An Italian chair stands for design, quality and style. Are you looking for a classic chair, a contemporary chair, a modern chair or a dining chair in general? There will be always an Italian chair that will perfectly fit your own specific requirements.


Manufacture of chairs in Italy: a story of a long tradition

There are districts of Italy where furniture manufacturers have been focusing for many decades on the production of high quality chairs

The largest chairs industries have been mostly developing models suitable for mass production ideal to be used as hotel and restaurant chairs.  They are mainly based on the north-east of Italy. Brianza (Lombardy), Manzano (Friuli Venezia Giulia), Bassano del Grappa, Cerea and Bovolone (Veneto) are some of the world famous areas for the production of Italian furniture. 

The production of the first chairs in these areas dates back to the medieval time but the step into mass production can be placed right at the beginning of the 20th centuries. 

Italian furniture manufacturers are well known for their exquisite design and style: many italian  producers have developed design chairs, which are part of some exclusive luxury furniture collection

These are unique and often designed by famous Italian architects and designers, as Carlo Mollino, Scarpa Afra e Tobia, Gio Ponti, Giuseppe Gaetano Descalzi and Harry Bertoia.


 Mr Diego Piva, founder of Sevensedie, promoting his Italian chairs at the Triveneto furniture trade fair in Verona back in 1983.


Italian chair designs: classic, modern or contemporary?

An Italian chair design can be:

  • Classic
  • Modern
  • Contemporary

The difference between a classic chair, a contemporary or a modern chair is mainly in the design, but also in the materials. A classic italian chair is normally made of wood, while modern and contemporary Italian chairs often use  metal, fiberglass and plexiglass frame.

Italian design stands for luxury. A luxury Italian furniture collection must always include one or more chair designs. The chair is an element that gives the designer the opportunity to fully express his own creativity by mixing the actual design of the chair with special finishes for the structure, with exclusive designer fabrics and with unique high quality leathers.

The Italian chair is not a product exclusively for residential use. It is often designed specifically for hotels or restaurants. In fact, chairs for hotels and restaurants require the use of certain specific adjustments to make the structure of the chair more resistant, or to make it stackable. 

Find out how to choose the perfect restaurant chair


Manufacturing process of the Italian chair

Although the production process of the Italian chair has been strongly influenced by technological progress, our craftsmanship tradition is still present in the territory.

An Italian chair is still handmade furniture


An high quality italian chair is the result of many work phases, all equally important. Here below we see how a classic wooden chairs frame is produced in our factory.

This video shows how an Italian chair is created by us at Sevensedie, from the design phase to its realization.


Drying and cutting

After being dried the wood, in this case beech, is cut to obtain the different pieces that make up the chair. The drying phase is of fundamental importance as the humidity of the wood influences the final quality of the piece. All elements are dry to a humidity level between 8% and 11%.


Milling and turning

The pieces are accurately milled and turned using modern machines. In this phase the outline of the Italian chair to be manufactured is shaped. The wood mostly used by Sevensedie is beech as it is an excellent turning wood; this is not however the only type of wood used.


Tenoning and drilling

In this phase the heads of the uprights and the transoms of the chairs are processed to create tenons which when duly glued and correctly fitted are used to join the various parts during the assembly phase. These processes are fundamental for product stability and to produce a long lasting solid structure. In this picture an operator is loading the wood elements on the tenoning machine.


Planing

In this process the single elements, in particular the backs, are planed. Great care is taken in this process to obtain the appropriate smoothness to enhance the polishing process. The removal of wood must be balanced, the surface must be homogenous without granules and the product must be practically flawless.


Carving

Carvings, grooves and any other work on the wood are carried out with great care by the hands of skillful woodworkers. Carving is an artistic process used to create decorations; it requires extreme precision to avoid problems in the lacquering phase.


Finishing

This is the last major process before the final assembly. Great care and attention to detail are the characterising elements of this phase which is carried out by experienced workers. This process has the aim of embellishing the product but also protecting the wood to avoid deterioration.


Pre-assembly

The parts that make up the back or the front part of the frame are assembled in this phase. The use of the correct amount of top quality glue is particularly important; an insufficient amount of glue would result in an unstable furniture product while an excessive amount would lead to an unaesthetic result.


Assembly

The carefully finished pre-assembled parts are joined together to form the frame of the product. In this phase, as in pre-assembly, the glue is carefully dosed to adequately fix the components. During the assembly phase the stability, levelling and perfect symmetry of the chair are carefully checked.


Polishing and lacquering

Polishing is a necessary operation in order to preserve the wood; lacquering entails the homogenous application, on the entire surface of the product, of "coats" of varnish in the required colour to give luminosity and add decorative effects to the product. There are different types of lacquering processes, from the classic one that uses nitro-based products to the ecological one that uses water-based products, up to the application of precious silver or gold leaf. Lacquering requires great skill to avoid undulations or other unpleasant effects on the product surface.


Upholstery

A department of the company is entirely dedicated to this phase in which the frame is padded and upholstered. Webbing and springs are skilfully fixed by hand to guarantee the best resistance of the seats over time. A great variety of fabrics and leathers are available and are continuously updated.


Final quality control check and delivery

Each furniture product is carefully checked at the end of every manufacture-phase. In this final phase each item is meticulously checked for defects to make sure that the product meets customer requirements. A detailed check-up is carried out to check that the quality of the finish, upholstery and frame satisfy the standards required for all Sevensedie Italian chairs and furniture products. Once the piece has successfully passed these checks it is packaged, labelled and stored in the warehouse ready for delivery.


Shall we customize your Italian chair?

We provide our clients in the contract sector with professional advice for the choice of style and characteristics of the furniture. On several occasions we have created bespoke furniture for a restaurant or hotel. For example we customized the classic chair PRAGA for an Italian restaurant in Milan and produced the bespoke restaurant chair MINUS with a much more contemporary look.

Bespoke Restaurant Chair MINUS by Sevensedie - Dark brown varnished wooden structure. Seat in light brown leather.
The bespoke Italian restaurant chair MINUS
Italian classic chair PRAGA by Sevensedie. Wooden structure painted in white. Seat in green fabric.
The Italian classic chair PRAGA

The wide product range covering virtually any furniture element from the chairs and tables in the restaurant to the bespoke wardrobe in the bedrooms.

We produce quality furniture with an original and unique Italian design at very affordable prices.  

Well, now it's time to discover our production of Italian chairs! 


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