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Sancal returns to its roots with Tonella, the compact lounge chair designed by Note

Sancal started out manufacturing classic, French-style chairs. Four decades on, they have decided to revisit their origins and borrow from the past. The Swedish design studio Note was selected to give the project a fresh, innovative angle.

The original piece was classified as a dressing-table chair, but the tiny new Tonella is far more compact, designed to fit into the smallest corner. Despite its reduced size it is enormously versatile, comfortable and sturdy, making it an ideal piece to accompany a sofa at home, be placed in hotel rooms, shop dressing rooms or public areas. Sancal is based in Yecla, a wine-growing region in southern Spain. Barrels are commonplace, and the metallic support is reminiscent of their staves. The Marie Antoinette-style seat, back and arms are made from moulded polyurethane foam. The plain interior area can be upholstered in fabric or leather, the outer area is quilted to follow the barrel style lines of the base and is therefore only available in fabric.

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