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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 sofa by B&B Italia is a new modular seating system designed by Antonio Citte­rio. Its a refined expres­sion of a balanced aesthetic form and a deci­sive contem­po­rary style that is also extremely elegant. The system is built on three basic plat­forms — 74 – 3/4″ and 94 – 1/2″, both with 35 – 1/2″ depth, and 51 with a 55″ depth — that are comple­mented by armrest and back­rest elements to form various types of seats: sofas, dormouse, corner-end modules, single or modular elements with chaise longue and ottomans. The frames have light, slender lines and are applied on high die-cast supports with metal profile empha­siz­ing the line between the struc­ture and uphol­stery. Two finishes are avail­able, pewter and black chrome. The pieces are given even more char­ac­ter by a support­ing element to be placed wher­ever desired, a bolster in two sizes — 25 – 1/2″ and 35 – 1/2″ — 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 at will. The Atoll sofa is a dynamic project with a constantly fresh ability to adapt to differ­ent compo­si­tions and create differ­ent seating types, from infor­mal relax versions to most formal, also made possi­ble by the use of comple­men­tary back cushions.

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Antonio Citterio

Italy (1950)

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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