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Charles Sofa

c. 1997

by Antonio Citterio
for B&B Italia

Charles Sofa

by Antonio Citterio
for B&B Italia

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The Charles sofa system is a land­mark in the world of design. The light feeling espe­cially conveyed by the essen­tial design of the inverted L”- shaped feet, along with a single seat-cushion and a series of free cush­ions placed on the back­rest is the distinc­tive feature of a sofa that has met with bound­less success. The airy shape and simple profile make it, almost by contrast, extremely rich and inno­v­a­tive from a spatial stand­point, a system that encour­ages the creation of ever new compo­si­tions. Charles includes an exten­sive family of elements that can meet every furnish­ing require­ment, even the most personal demand for comfort.

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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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