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Charles Outdoor Sectional

c. 2010

by Antonio Citterio
for B&B Italia Outdoor

Charles Outdoor Sectional

by Antonio Citterio
for B&B Italia Outdoor

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The Charles outdoor sectional is composed of inter­nal powder-coated aluminum frames that support beau­ti­ful dove brown woven basket aesthetic” struc­ture in polypropy­lene. The seat cush­ions and loose back cush­ions in various sizes feature inter­nal uphol­stery in shaped polyurethane foam that has been wrapped in water-repel­lent poly­ester covers. The Charles outdoor sectional features Citterio’s signa­ture slim-profile L‑shaped legs in die-cast aluminum that have been varnished in a bronze nickel finish.

Based upon the enor­mous popu­lar­ity of the late 1990s Charles collec­tion range of seating, the designer, and B&B Italia worked exten­sively to re-create the signa­ture aspects of Antonio Citterio’s recti­lin­ear forms in mate­ri­als that were suit­able for outdoor use. The result­ing exten­sive Charles outdoor range features a sofa, modular and sectional seating, a club/​lounge chair, as well as an adjustable chaise lounge.

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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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