The B&B Italia group has written the history of design, promoting Made in Italy across the world with its contemporary furnishing for domestic and contract environments. Sofas, armchairs, tables, chairs, and complements. B&B Italia products have a unique and unmistakable style, the result of the gift is that this brand has to anticipate trends and reply to the changing tastes with quality solutions. Since its founding, B&B Italia has developed a fully industrial vocation with its timeless collections, which have foreseen fashions by adjusting in accordance with the transformations and replying to the varying needs of its customers and to the fluctuating housing concept. Taste, quality, technology, and creativity are all factors that have given life to fine products of high quality, modern, and with a strong character.
B&B Italia was born in 1966 thanks to the entrepreneurial wit of its founding father, Piero Ambrogio Busnelli. Soon the company established itself on the international scenario of the upholstery sector, thanks to the introduction of significant technology innovations and to the company's industrial approach. With the injection molding technique, the first design icons came to life, such as Gaetano Pesce’s UP collection and Tobia and Afra Scarpa’s Coronado. The '70s marked an audacious turning point for the company with the Le Bambole collection by Mario Ferrarini and his provocative advertising campaign. In the 80's the company continued its ascent and won the Compasso d’Oro prize for the Sisamo wardrobe. In 1989 B&B Italia was awarded the Compasso d’Oro, the first one acknowledged to a company “for the constant integration work carried out to conjugate the values of scientific and technical research with those necessary to the functionality and expression of the products”. The '90s saw the launching of projects of immense success like the Harry and Charles collections, both carrying the signature of Antonio Citterio, a success that went on till 2000. It was in these years that the company started and strengthened the collaborations with Patricia Urquiola, author of some of the most stunning collections of B&B Italia - Tufty-Time and Husk, to mention two of them – and Naoto Fukasawa with his Papilio chair collection. A success constantly on the rise, of B&B Italia, which has always set itself off for the excellence of its products from the aesthetic, functional and qualitative points of view. This is why the company is part of the Altagamma foundation, reuniting Italian companies which are ambassadors of the Italian style in the world.
Pesce, a trained architect, started his foray into furniture design with the UP series at a crucial time. In the late sixties, the design could suddenly become a bold commentary on the social upheavals and political issues of the time. As he once said: ”The object must not be the expression of itself. It's not enough to create soft stuff to make people sit on it.” His goal was – and still is today – to give shape to ideas that communicate to people in a subtle, sometimes ambiguous way in order to reach them both on an intellectual and an emotional level.
Presented in 1966, the Coronodo armchair by Afra and Tobia Scarpa for B&B ITALIA remains a symbol of relax. After more than forty years, it is still the symbol of relaxation. Its revolutionary personality in terms of design and of materials is an example of B&B Italia’s industrial culture, but success, then as today, was decreed by aesthetics that converge the classical features of period furniture and modern requirements. Besides the sofas and armchairs, the collection also includes a high armchair with a unique ottoman, which have in common the fact that comfort is ensured by a spring system made of steel music wire strips incorporated into the backrest.
In 1972 B&B Italia (known as C&B at the time) presented the Le Bambole collection to the world, a collection of revolutionary upholstered furniture items designed by Mario Bellini. Cozy softness, plush roundness, gentle harmony, and playful informality are the keynotes for armchairs, sofas, and beds that mark a point of no return thanks to their aesthetics, production technology, and unprecedented communication campaign. Le Bambole are presented as a series of large cushions arranged in an almost random manner, in line with the transformations of living in progress at the beginning of the 70s. Inside, the metal frame ensured solidity, while the generous polyurethane padding - the company's trademark from the outset - made it possible to enjoy the embrace of each Bambola. The upholstery was also designed to provide elasticity and support, in keeping with the structure.
The Tufty-Time sofa system by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia is an exquisite grid-like composition of square tufts that are articulated by thin, deep crevices within the sofa. Tufty-Time features numerous modular elements that can be configured to create innovative seating arrangements as well as a more traditional sofa and sectional compositions. Cozy in its more accentuated depth, Tufty-Time functions as a meeting place, a welcoming refuge for relaxation and conversation. A 360° seating solution with removable covers.
Patricia Urquiola has conveyed this concept to the armchair Husk by designing a stiff body made of Hirek with a soft cushion divided into portions that seem to underscore its ergonomic profile. It is endowed with an original spirit that merges with various styles. Three cushion types: standard, which is large and enveloping, or headrest. With our without an ottoman as a footrest.
PAPILIO CHAIR COLLECTION
Butterflies in flight—Naoto Fukasawa applied that image to the design of his Grande Papilio Armchair for B&B Italia, a swivel lounge chair that welcomes its sitter with the graceful movement of a butterfly.
Grande Papilio was designed with fluidity around an upside-down truncated cone. The curved shape of its cozy seat is a clear sign of a desire to offer maximum comfort to the sitter. The wings that extend at the sides of the chair emphasize the sensation of comfort: they help support the hips and the back. The same spirit of simplicity, immediacy, and comfort have guided the functional development of the entire Papilio series: the Piccolo Papilio armchair, the Papilio stools, the Papilio and Mini Papilio chairs, the Love Papilio sofa, and the Papilio bed.