B&B Italia: Tufty-Time

15.09.17
B&B Italia: Tufty-Time

B&B Italia’s Tufty Time seating group has clean lines and plump rectilinear forms. Patricia Urquiola’s Tufty-Time range of modular seating has remained a best seller at for nearly a decade.

Specifically citing the time-honored capitonné upholstery style along with 1960s and 1970s modular seating designs as her inspirations, Urquiola’s Tufty-Time masterfully synthesizes these as an exquisite grid-like composition of rectilinear “tufts” that are articulated by thin, deep crevices within the sofa expanse – the resulting Pop aesthetic is also reminiscent of Mario Bellini’s now iconic Camaleonda modular seating system for B & B Italia in the early 1970s. Several sizes of the modular element are available that can be configured to create innovative seating arrangements along with traditionally formed sofas and sectionals.

Exuding softness and comfort, the Tufty-Bed (2007) was a logical extension of Tufty-Time’s aesthetic. Two versions of the Tufty-Bed were developed specifically for the US market to accommodate either an American queen or American king size mattress.

In 2011, Urquiola “reinterpreted” her design to create Tufty-Too. As with Tufty-Time, the form of each Tufty-Too element is also organized into a grid-like composition of rectilinear “tufts” but, rather than their articulation with pleats to create thin crevices, the designer has further mollified the seating plane by rendering the “tufts” as very soft undulations that are visually punctuated by dashes of long rectilinear stitches – these long stitches can be used to create subtle or graphic contrasts. The corner ends of each modular piece are characterized by a pronounced vertical pleat where the front and side planes meet – this creates a wonderful synergy with the expanse of rectilinear stitches on the undulating tufted plane.

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