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Butter­fly Sofa System

c. 2015

by Patricia Urquiola
for B&B Italia Outdoor

Butter­fly Sofa System

by Patricia Urquiola
for B&B Italia Outdoor

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Butter­fly sofa system for outdoor designed by Patri­cia Urquiola gets its name from the actual butter­fly shape created by the outer corner that joins the armrest and the back­rest. Butter­fly is a modular outdoor seating system that responds effec­tively to the needs of modu­lar­ity and comfort, suit­able for free and infor­mal usage. Its modular struc­ture is shaped around an ottoman, the base piece, which when inte­grated with the back­rest and/​or the armrest, becomes a central or termi­nal element, either left or right. The combi­na­tion of these elements, using a simple joint system, makes it possi­ble to freely set up versa­tile config­u­ra­tions, from in-line sofas to corner solu­tions, from front-facing to lounge layouts.

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Patricia Urquiola

Spain (1961)

World-renowned designer Patricia Urquiola has already left a profound mark on the industry, and her prolific career is still catapulting ahead at full-speed. The Spanish designer’s eye for brilliant color and striking, sinuous forms turns her furniture, product, and interior designs into instant hits. Her expert understanding of composition, material, and form has garnered her commissions from the world’s most esteemed manufacturers, including Agape, Alessi, B&B Italia, Bisazza, Flos, Foscarini, Glas Italia, Kartell, Kvadrat, and Moroso. Pieces like her amorphous Bend sofa for B&B Italia reveal her talent for creating instantly eye-catching furniture that is also extremely inviting and human-centric.

Urquiola was born in Oviedo, Spain, and lives and works in Milan. After her schooling, she served as assistant professor to Achille Castiglioni and Eugenio Bettinelli at the Milan Polytechnic. During this time she also led the product development department at DePadova, where she designed alongside Vico Magistretti. She opened her own studio in 2001.

In 2015, she was named the art director of legendary Italian house Cassina, where she has worked to resurrect the brand’s expansive archive and transform its flagship stores to reflect the more than 90-year-old company’s modern vision. She also produces designs for a wide range of global clients.

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