Maxalto was founded in 1975. Research looked to the past through new interpretations of classic forms, and borrowed from traditional artisan cabinet making processes. The result was a new collection of solid wood furnishings, thanks to the contribution of Afra and Tobia Scarpa (Artona 1975, New Armony 1979).‘80
Maxalto continued its research with Afra and Tobia Scarpa and presented Damasco  and Domino .
For Maxalto, there was a radical change. Antonio Citterio became the interpreter of the new Maxalto spirit and created the collection Apta . His work took a new look at the early twentieth century and subsequently found ideal references in the forms and styles of French furniture design between the two world wars. The sense of proportion, the tactile value of wood and the quality of details are all aspects which are important in his various designs, coordinated so as to offer flexible answers to differing needs.
Through Antonio Citterio, the deep knowledge of style and design emerged as the vocation of Maxalto: constant research into quality at the meeting point of sophisticated craftsmanship and technology. The new collections Simplice  and AC  were launched. They showed the brand philosophy, more austere forms and design, more essential volumes, and a new range of woods and finishes which effectively mirrored trends in contemporary style.