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Borea Armchair

c. 2021

by Piero Lissoni
for B&B Italia Outdoor

Borea Armchair

by Piero Lissoni
for  B&B Italia Outdoor

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The Borea Armchair is part of a complete and eclec­tic collec­tion of outdoor seats and tables designed by Piero Lissoni. The numer­ous pieces in the collec­tion, includ­ing Borea armchair, have tubular metal struc­tures with a fluid and seam­less design, without joints and inter­rup­tions, capti­vat­ing and even emerg­ing in the detail that extends to the base. The metal bending processes take advan­tage of tech­niques typi­cally used in the aero­nau­ti­cal sector and trans­port them into the world of outdoor furni­ture bring­ing life to a collec­tion with an unmis­tak­able style. These seated struc­tures are painted and stack­able. Comfort is ensured by gener­ous cush­ions, which are not only soft and relax­ing but were also devel­oped to be sustainable. 

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Piero Lissoni

Italy (1956)

Industrial but playful might sound like a contradiction, but in the hands of Piero Lissoni, it makes perfect sense. The Italian architect and designer has become one of the most accomplished of his generation, with collaborations with everyone from Alessi to Flos to Tecno. After training as an architect at the prestigious Politecnico di Milano University, Lissoni formed his own firm to create witty takes on modernism’s clean lines.

In 1996, he launched a visual communication agency, Graph.x, followed 17 years later by Lissoni Architettura, which handles interior design projects. But Lissoni’s furnishings really show off his charm: his Otto seating system for Cassina, named for the way the numeral is pronounced in Italian, tosses a titular number of comfy cushions into a slim aluminum rectangle for a perfect blend of hard and soft. And his Extrasoft system for Living Divani tosses away the frame entirely. It’s a chic take on the kid’s bedroom favorite, the beanbag, but with a lifetime’s worth of possible arrangements.

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