for B&B Italia
The Atoll modular sofa system from B&B Italia, created by Antonio Citterio, is designed around three fundamental platforms that can be augmented by armrest and backrest elements to make various seating arrangements, including sofas, dormeuse, corner-end modules, single or modular components with chaise lounge, and ottomans.
The frames are slender and light and are supported by high die-cast structures with a metal profile accentuating the line between the structure and the upholstery. The platforms are available in three finishes: pewter and black or bright chrome.
More character is added to the platforms with a supporting element that can be placed wherever needed — a bolster available in two sizes attached by leather straps to a die-cast structure. This accessory can be inserted between the seat cushion and the base structure to provide additional support or become an armrest or backrest, according to the user’s preference.
Inspired by icons such as Eileen Gray, Charles and Ray Eames, and George Nelson, Italian designer Antonio Citterio has built an extremely successful career in the furniture industry. He’s known for his emphasis on craftsmanship and materiality, a combination that’s defined a longtime partnership with B&B Italia. Citterio has been responsible for designing all new collections by Maxalto since 1993. He ensures that each product, like his Dives sofa or Alcova canopy bed, clearly delineates its function and is comfortable and liveable as much as grand and luxurious.
Born in 1950 in the north Italian city of Meda, Antonio Citterio opened his first office at the age of 22. The architect and designer supposedly had decided on his career path by age 13.
Citterio went on to collaborate with Terry Dwan on architecture projects through the late 1990’s before forming a practice with Patricia Viel that’s today called Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel. Their significant work includes the Technogym headquarters, Bulgari Hotels around the world, Qatar Airways lounges, the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Milan, and the B&B Italia Center for Research in Novedrate, Italy.