Archetypal shapes in architectural geometry inspired the historical masterpiece that is the Seconda chair.  Designed by Mario Botta in 1982, Seconda became an instant classic and an icon of design made in Italy.  Its Bauhaus-like geometric form in enameled steel gives Seconda a strikingly modern look.

Swiss architect and designer Mario Botta was born in Mendrisio, Switzerland in 1943.  A graduate of the University of Venice, Botta has worked with design icons like Le Corbusier and Luis Kahn.  In 1970, he opened an architecture practice in Lugano.  He is acclaimed worldwide for the numerous private houses and company buildings he designed in Switzerland and Italy including the Cathedral at Evry (1988-1990) and the Tinguely Museum in Basel (1995-1996).

However, it was in 1982 when Botta began working as a designer of furniture and lighting.  It was also the same year he designed the Seconda chair.  His work can be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and also for purchase at


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