for B&B Italia
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 lounge 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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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.