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Hybrid Sofa System

c. 2019

by Antonio Citterio
for B&B Italia Outdoor

Hybrid Sofa System

by Antonio Citterio
for  B&B Italia Outdoor

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Hybrid, an inno­v­a­tive new system of modular seating elements designed by Antonio Citte­rio that is so versa­tile, can be arranged into an almost infi­nite number of combi­na­tions. The textile dimen­sion’s key role stands out imme­di­ately, with uphol­stery that completely covers the gener­ous padding. Typical elements are often only found on indoor furnishings.

Hence the name of the collec­tion, offered as a real link between the inside and the outside of the house. 

Hybrid repre­sents the perfect furnish­ing element for climates and spaces defined by a contin­u­ous blend of inside and outside envi­ron­ments, with rooms that open to an Plein-air dimen­sion and for living spaces inte­grated into terraces and gardens. 

The combi­na­tion of oppo­sites happens not only visu­ally but also through the sense of touch. Hybrid guar­an­tees, in fact, the typical comfort of tradi­tional uphol­stered furni­ture for inte­ri­ors, thanks to a new type of mattress seat conceived for outdoor furnish­ing. The cush­ions are actu­ally made with paddings with differ­ent densi­ties, care­fully designed to pleas­antly accom­mo­date the body and support it at the same time, without sinking. The support­ing struc­tures are almost invis­i­ble, and the seat seems to float a few centime­ters above the floor. The solid base is formed by a frame in extruded aluminum painted in the colors sage, clay and anthracite, and is completed by a plat­form with fiber­glass slats. The back­rest conceals an aluminum struc­ture, covered with soft polyurethane, which is in turn covered with a padded sheath, completed with a cover in water­proof fabric. The plat­form is avail­able in eight sizes and two depths, while the armrest and back­rest come in two heights. 

The Hybrid collec­tion also includes a series of new outdoor fabrics made with mélange polypropy­lene yarn in five color vari­ants accented by refined trims. Choices that confirm a deci­sive and elegant pres­ence for inte­ri­ors and outdoor spaces.

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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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