The Malitte Lounge Furniture, designed by Roberto Matta in 1966, is on view in the interdepartmental exhibition From the Collection: 1960–1969, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The piece was a gift from Knoll International to the Museum's architecture and design collection. From the Collection is on view through March 12, 2017.
Roberto Sebastian Matta is best known as an abstract expressionist and surrealist painter. Trained as an architect, Matta worked for a brief period in the studio of Le Corbusier, before shifting his interests toward painting.
The playful Malitte Lounge is a collection of interlocking curved shapes composed of polyurethane. The shapes could be stacked vertically to create a wall or used as individual lounge pieces. The collection, originally designed for Gavina SpA, was folded into the Knoll offering after the company acquired Gavina SpA in 1968.