| B&B ITALIA / MILAN INTERNATIONAL FURNITURE FAIR 2007
B&B Italia has been a leading company in the field of contemporary furnishings since its founding in 1966. B&B Italia headquarter is located in Novedrate in Como province. Offices are situated in the building projected by Renzo Piano in 1972.
The Company's ability to reflect contemporary culture, to sense and anticipate trends, to respond to changes in taste and living needs, has risulted in a collection of world-famous furnishings, which account for a crucial chapter in the history of Italian design.
B&B Italia's success is based on a matchless alchemy of creativeness, innovation and industrial skills, aimed at producing "timeless" products "lasting through time". A review of B&B Italia's history clearly highlights technological research as the chief element of the Company's development policy. With an in-house Research and Development Centre cooperating with several designers, B&B Italia promotes a process that has enabled the Company to stand out for its highly innovative capacity. All this has brought about many mentions both in Italy and abroad, among them four "Compasso d'Oro" awards, the most prestigious honour in the field of Italian industrial design.
In the multifaceted and extremely fragmented environment of the furnishing sector, the Company stands out for a well developed industrial talent, which affects all the links of the product chain (research, production, marketing). B&B Italia has long turned its family-run small-scale business into a company with specific divisions for manufacturing and sales. B&B Italia's business sectors cover both the home and the contract segments; the Company is actually divided into two branches: B&B Italia Home Division and B&B Italia Contract Division, each of them entrusted with a specific mission.
In 2007, B&B Italia is now presenting, in a renewed version, Le Bambole an incredibly successful collection designed by Mario Bellini in the 1970s, winner of the "Compasso d'Oro" Award in 1979: Le Bambole '07.
What makes Le Bambole really special is the apparent absence of a supporting structure.
The extremely natural look of the overall shape, and the message of comfort, softness and elasticity that its appearance conveys so effectively are the characteristics that make a lasting impression.
Le Bambole '07, in the armchair model, two-seat and three-seat sofa, and pouf in two different sizes, is best fitted out in denim, peached finish cottons or suede leather.
Fat Sofa, design Patricia Urquiola
In the beginning there was Fat-Fat, a multifunctional element that doubled as a table/container, from which first the coffee tables and then the bed developed. Now these same round, soft and sinuous shapes are repeated in a seating system which includes different typologies: from the linear sofa to the terminal elements, from the armchair with back in two heights, to the chaise-longue and to the new ottomans. It can be upholstered in fabric or leather and is available in a double-colour version or mixing leather and fabric, where the horizontal and vertical surfaces dialogue with each other through nuances of shade or in stronger contrasts.
Tufty-Bed, design Patricia Urquiola
The existing Tufty Time collection has now been extended to the night time area, where Chesterfield style and capitonnč look are expressed in a more marked manner. The upholstery in leather or fabric is subdivided into large squares that are joined by pleats, perforated in the leather version. Because it is closed at the bottom, the bed can accommodate a number of different wire meshes, including a hinged version which provides access to a useful utility compartment.
Lazy-Night, design Patricia Urquiola
The elements that give the Lazy collection its unique character are revisited in the headboard of a new bed, which was designed in both double and single versions. In the double version, the headboard consists of two independent elements and is softened by cushions that are supported by an elastic strap in a choice of three colours in the same shade as the fabric or leather upholstery, or in a contrasting colour. Adjustable in height, the cushions can be placed in a comfortable position for reading or for watching TV. Two tubular metal supports hold up the frame; a version is available with casters at the rear that make it easy to move. The base frame contains a metal mesh with pre-curved beech wood slats.
Luis, design Antonio Citterio
The concept of modular sofa, developed into several typologies, is newly rendered with it, a solution that skillfully combines comfort and elegance. Well-balanced masses, moderate proportions and an extremely soft look are connotations of this design. The seats come in two depths, three widths and two variants for the height of backrests and armrests. The system consists of 56 modular elements, in addition to the ottoman and chaise-longue, which make it possible to create countless combinations to form linear, corner and peninsula sofas.
The seating system also includes several accessories designed to optimise comfort. Small tables in various sizes or magazine racks can be placed beside elements without armrests and low armrests. Both types of accessories can also serve to support the pillows that then become armrests. The other accessories in this collection are: the bench to place behind the sofa, the small round table and the pouf.
Talamo, design Antonio Citterio
Bed designed for Maxalto collection.
Moon System, design Zaha Hadid
A continuous shape, a blend of aesthetics and ergonomics. The traditional idea of seating is radically re-examined to create a new, strongly dynamic angular shape: a "single block" sofa that looks like the back, seat and armrests were "carved" out of a single material. With a metallic sheen like an object from outer space, it is at its theatrical best when positioned in the middle of a room. Its flowing curves appear to change from different points of observation. A matching pouf the shape of the indentation on the front of the sofa completes the scene, following and filling in the general design of the piece.
Siena, design Naoto Fukasawa
An essential look and a base and headboard in a drastically reduced size are the distinguishing features of this project which conveys a great sense of lightness, thanks to the base projecting from the whole perimeter of the bed. The top of the back panel inserted into the base features a short turned-up section where you can rest your arm comfortably when you are seated. Two tubular metal supports hold up the frame; a version is available with casters at the rear that make it easy to move. The base frame contains a metal mesh with pre-curved beech wood slats.
Vertigo and Vertigo Round, design Naoto Fukasawa
The candour of Corian, reduction of form, unusual nesting: these are the two trays for bowls, full of poetry and spirituality.
Dado, design Studio Kairos
Plays on colours, satin and gloss combined with woods, matching and contrasting elements, are all part of the chests of drawers available in different sizes.
Halo, design Garth Roberts
Harmony and contrast in the materials: wood, metal and marble come together in the three circular elements in scaled dimensions of this table candleholder. The smallest of them can also be used alone with its fine finishings in black marble, ebony and brass.
Lys, design Jakob Wagner
Body of glazed ceramic and metal base in various finishes and colours.
Loop, design Jakob Wagner
It is a set of three gently curving trays in different sizes which nest together. The incorporated handle gives the impression of being sculpted from a single block of Corian.
Joker, design Nicole Aebischer
Gold and silver leaf along with the more classic black and white are the finishings for the vases and bowls, distinctive in their faceted surfaces.
Overscale Flames, design Jean-Marie Massaud
This collection of candles supported by a metal "cage", is joined by two large new elements. These are not in wax but in opaque black ceramic, and have space inside for oil and a wick.
Part, design Stephen Burks
A sheet of aluminium folded as if it were origami and treated with a special soft-touch paint gives shape to it, a set of three occasional tables. Three sizes and two sets of colours, one varying from white to grey, the other in orange, red and yellow.
Couples, design Marcel Wanders
The family of printed cushions which show off his ability with games and surprises, sees seven new designs using glaring juxtapositions and ideas which rework classic themes from Dutch tradition, and not only. There is also a new size: 90 cm x 90 cm.
Haikus, design Marcel Wanders
Six centrepiece plates to show how imagination, which distinguishes the work of Dutch designer, can be expressed strongly with every project, even in a classic accessory like a decorative plate. Human figures, children's drawings, natural shapes and modern graphic elements are blended in these ceramic plates of a gentle, feminine shape resembling flower petals, obtained through a particularly complex moulding technique.
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