The legendary Italian furniture brand B&B Italia is celebrating their 50th birthday in style with a comprehensive range combining new technology and enduring style.
The company has released new designs by Antonio Citterio, Doshi Levien and Naoto Fukasawa, and contract pieces by Jeffrey Bernett and Jasper Morrison at their showroom in Via Durini.
Doshi Levien embraces new tech and curves
Anglo-Indian design company Doshi Levien released three ranges with B&B Italia all defined by their sensuous curves. The Do-Maru armchair takes its name from the ancient armour worn by samurais. The armour was made up of painted and decorated thick leather plates that covered and protected the hero’s body.
Tabour ottomans were designed to form islands in the centre of a room or to become the natural continuation of sofas and armchairs.
The Maru tables combine a thick glossy painted top with a satin painted structure. The top is made from glass, wood or marble while the frame is available in black, white, black chromed or pewter painted.
Antonio Citterio designs two new series and a new side table
Antonio Citterio's revisits the aesthetic of classical three-legged pedestal tables with Cozy. We were particularly taken with the version with a cast brass frame.
He also released Édouard - an upholstered furniture series with a gently curved silhouette, high backrest and the option of a headrest - and Eucalipto, a series of storage units.
Papilio gets a new limited edition family member
The enduring appeal of Naoto Fukasawa's Papilio series is amplified with the addition of the Papilio shell with armrests. A new stackable outdoor version is also now available.
And to celebrate 50 years, B&B Italia has released Grande Papilio 50°, a limited edition version sheepskin covered version of their popular Grand Papilio armchair.
The limited edition version will be manufactured in fifty numbered copies. It features an original natural sheepskin cover, in other words it comes in fifty shades of white, as many as the number of hues of the original leathers. The woolly finish softens its profile and is reminiscent of classic pieces of Scandinavian design.
B&B Italia Project new releases
For the first time, leading British designer Jasper Morrison has designed a piece for B&B Italia. Originally designed for the Tate Gallery of Modern Art in London, the Bankside armchair and sofa are designed for commercial projects but have a slender enough profile to also work in residential projects.
Also introduced is a sofa version of the Project Metropolitan '14 armchair. The Metropolitan '14 sofa features the same continuous lines of the other designs in the range but with the addition of a four-spoke base.