Jean-Marie Massaud and MDF Italia Get Universal

Jean-Marie Massaud and MDF Italia Get Universal

Like the name says, Jean-Marie Massaud’s Universal is just that: a multi-purpose stunner of a chair with a sculptural quality and a bevy of options.

Universal Chair in four colors on metal point bases

Universal’s inspiration is the malleability of wood. Hence, the relatively subtle curve of the arm-less version and the dramatic 180-degree swoop of the armchair.

Jean-Marie Massaud chair two chairs detail

Massaud has never been known to play it safe, nor does he with the big gestures he makes for Universal. In addition to the audaciously bent wood, the chair features a modular and adaptable seat: “the beating heart of the piece, designed to accommodate different types of bases and backrests.”

Detail of Universal Chair seat

This adaptability is how Universal earns its name, as it makes the chair applicable to all body types, comfort needs, and aesthetic preferences: “an infinite variety of possible configurations, thanks also to the many textile combinations.”

Universal Chair two chairs at long table

Massaud has thus created a designer chair for every body that also zeroes in on sustainability and longevity, as the changeable parts can help to keep it out of the landfill.

cruved wood in black detail

The wooden backrest is available in bleached or brown oak. There’s also a padded backrest option in tubular metal and polyurethane foam. Universal’s seat is foam injection moulded polypropylene. Bases are available in 4-point star die-cast aluminum and 4-legged oak.

Two chairs with wooden legs and different upholstery/backrest combinations

Contact MDF Italia to find out more.

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