Award-winning architect Giulio Lazzotti, working in the tradition of classic Italian sculptors and craftsmen, creates objects of striking elegance and sophisticated simplicity. With an eye for fine materials and an architect's concern for straightforward solutions, he has designed the Grissini Bench, a sleek leather and steel piece for sitting or lounging. Named after the Grissini breadsticks one finds on many restaurant tables across Italy, the Grissini Bench (2005) is supported by thin chrome-plated steel legs that occupy little volume and lend the seat a light presence no matter the environment, whether it is a modern art gallery, an office or the entryway of a home. The long, svelte seat is topped by a compact but comfortable pad made of double top-stitched, full-grain aniline leather, expertly applied over a single piece of high-resilience foam. The chrome-plated steel frame, although it looks delicate, is durable and strong. The skeleton extends slightly from the bench seat to increase the airy appearance of the piece, and the chrome corners are joined in smooth mitered joints that underscore Lazzotti's concern for even the smallest details. Made in Italy.