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Diesis Sofa

c. 1979

by Antonio Citterio
for B&B Italia

Diesis Sofa

by Antonio Citterio
for  B&B Italia

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The Diesis sofa system, designed by Antonio Citte­rio and Paolo Nava for B&B Italia, takes inspi­ra­tion from the tubular steel aesthet­ics of the Le Corbusier, Perriand, and Jean­neret collab­o­ra­tion of the late 1920s. The Diesis sofa, intro­duced in the late 1970s, features a frame made of bright brushed die-cast aluminum or painted black chrome, with cush­ions made of polyurethane foam, ster­il­ized down, and poly­ester wadding of varying densi­ties. The armrest plateaus and back and seat cushion supports are made of rolled and sectioned steel covered in leather. The Diesis collec­tion includes two sofa sizes, a bench, and a chaise lounge, all avail­able with leather-covered frame compo­nents and various cushion uphol­stery options in textiles and leather.


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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