The renovation of the bar of the Società Lombarda Moka Etti coffee roasting facility in Milan in 1939 was an important moment in the development of Italian rationalist design. Architects Mario Asnago and Claudio Vender created a minimalist interior with a glass bar and large expanses of unframed mirror. It was described at the time as the city’s first truly new bar. Adding to the sense of simplicity and lightness in the space was the chair they created specifically for it – a slender metal tube structure with an X-shaped backrest. The Moka Chair has been part of the Flexform collection since 1985, and now it’s available in an outdoor version. Enquire at Flexform Singapore.