Collar is a seating system that melds the rationality of design with function, placing technology at the service of the individual. A fusion of formal and aesthetic contents – the well-balanced proportions and symmetry of the depth of the armrest and the seat back – and the functionality of the sofa. Collar reveals an unexpected personality, able to transform its appearance based on the various positions in which the armrest and seat back are placed.
A dynamic seating system backed by exclusive technology developed by Minotti Studio, which makes it possible to adjust the support angle of the cushions and modify the performance of the sofa depending on how it is being used. Collar’s armrests, seat backs and cushions are all the same depth and the secret to their welcoming softness is the down-covered Memory Foam cushioning.
A Subtle trim highlights the external outlines of the armrests and the seat backs, weaving itself into the shapes and emphasizing the elegant pewter-color metal detailing - sophisticated features that play up the finely-tailored look that sets Collar apart.
Elegant blade-like Black-Nickel metal feet with rounded ends suspend the sofa just above the floor. The front feet are set back slightly and positioned at a 45 degree angle to the front sofa edge; viewed from the side, the back feet are applied perpendicular to the sofa back.
The strategic collaboration between Minotti and Rodolfo Dordoni, architect and designer from Milan, began back in 1997.
Rationalist architect and professional with a multi-faceted personality, Rodolfo Dordoni met Renato and Roberto Minotti towards the end of the nineties. The Minotti brothers immediately considered Rodolfo Dordoni’s cultural background, professional experience and sensitivity as an interior decorator the ideal basis for forging a strong relationship. The challenge that faced them was to create a new vision of the company.
So, in 1997, Rodolfo Dordoni presented his first collection of seats, tables and coffee tables, including Suitcase, the iconic cubic armchair freely inspired by the world of fashion and luggage-making. A successful design, rigorous and non-conventional, which marked the beginning of a consolidated relationship that has spanned more than twenty years and shows no signs of slowing down.
The next year, in 1998, he was nominated Art Director and coordinator of all the company’s collections. This marked a turning point that launched him on a pathway of continuous research, guided by the values of coherence, determination, passion and enthusiasm. Over the years, it led to the definition of a full range for the home, designed for both indoor and outdoor environments and for Hospitality spaces, fully interpreting the concept of “collection” and “lifestyle”.
Year after year, collection after collection, this collaboration has played a part in reinforcing the brand identity and in giving the collections a feel of exclusivity, carrying a strong message of quality and fine Italian craftsmanship all round the world, by innovating and creating continuity.
The collaboration has also extended to designing the stands for the various editions of the Salone del Mobile in Milan and Shanghai and the fair in Cologne, as well as the creation of spaces such as the Minotti New York flagship store, opened in 2010, and the company showroom installed in the headquarters in Meda in 2012.
His many iconic indoor and outdoor furniture designs created since he began working with the company over 20 years ago have recently been joined by some new additions - the Connery and Blazer indoor and the Sunray outdoor seating systems - all characterised by pure volumes, sharp geometries and a haute couture approach to sartorial craftsmanship - along with a myriad of furnishing solutions, small furniture and accessories.