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MDF Italia

Universal Chair

Designed 2022

Universal Collection is the name of the new family of seats designed by Jean-Marie Massaud for MDF Italia, which stands out for its impeccably elegant lines and extraordinary ergonomics. 
In the chair and armchair with wooden backrest or fully upholstered, the three-dimensional back is the focal point of the seating. The concept was developed from a study on the curving of the wood which led to the definition of an innovative, now patented technology in which industrial design and craftsmanship merge. The design takes its name, above all, from the disc of the seat, the beating heart of the piece, designed to accommodate different types of bases and backrests, so lending itself over time to the development of an infinite variety of possible configurations, thanks also to the many textile combinations.

The different declinations of Universal highlight the extraordinary ability of this collection to fit into the most diverse contexts, from residential to contract, in more classical or contemporary style environments, always remaining unique and original.



The wooden backrest version in bleached oak or brown oak is available with or without bumpers in matching colours. The bumpers are warmly recommended in the brown oak finish.


Load-bearing shell in tubular metal padded with polyurethane foam.
The upholstery covers the backrest completely and is not removable.


Seat comprising foam injection moulded polypropylene shell with polyurethane foam rubber. The upholstery covers the seat completely and is not removable.


Bases with universal disc in die-cast aluminium with micro-embossed finish in white, graphite grey and shadow grey. The disc can be used with two different bases:
. 4-point-star base in die-cast aluminium with micro-embossed finish in white, graphite grey and shadow grey. 360° swivel. Fixed version on request.
. 4-legged oak base with structure in clear lacquered natural solid oak, available in the two finishes brown oak and bleached oak. Fixed version.

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Measurements:Show Metric
Dimensions (imperial)
Chair with Wood Backrest: W 22.44 x H 33.46 inches
Chair with Padded Backrest: W 23.22 x H 33.46 inches
Armchair with Wood Backrest: W 21.25 x H 31.1 inches
Armchair with Padded Backrest: W 22.44 x H 30.7 inches
Seat height: 20.07 inches
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Jean Marie Massaud graduated at ENSCI in 1990 (National Institute of Industrial Design); after his first intuitions, he longed for synthesis, reduction and lightness. His interest concerned various aspects of design: from furniture to industrial products and accessories.

In 2000 he opened the studio Massaud and started to extend his activity to architecture and development strategy. He worked in the most varied sectors, from B&B Italia, Axor Hansgrohe, Lancome, to Renault.

With his creations he aims to shape man and the surrounding environment. This unlimited inventor is committed, also politically, and tries to turn any project into an experience of life and economic scenery where desire and responsibility come together.

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