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Atoll Sofa

c. 2018

by Antonio Citterio
for B&B Italia

Atoll Sofa

by Antonio Citterio
for  B&B Italia

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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.


Antonio Citterio


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.

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