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Michel Effe Sofa

c. 2016

by Antonio Citterio
for B&B Italia

Michel Effe Sofa

by Antonio Citterio
for B&B Italia

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The Michel Effe sofa is Antonio Citterio’s sophis­ti­cated modular seating system that builds upon the designer’s profound mastery of manip­u­lat­ing the recti­lin­ear form in exquis­ite ways. The Michel Effe features single and double elements that can be config­ured in numer­ous ways with or without armrests and simi­larly with or without back­rests – this provides the oppor­tu­nity to create a highly customized seating that is extra­or­di­nar­ily engag­ing. The addi­tion of float­ing ottomans in various sizes func­tion as a comfort­able place to rest one’s legs while doing double duty as a flex­i­ble surface. As with all of Citterio’s mini­mal­ist designs, comfort is always para­mount. The down-augmented filling for the seat cush­ions provides excep­tional ergonom­ics along with subtly soft­en­ing the rectilinear expanses.

The Michel Effe sofa is composed of an inter­nal frame of steel and wood with Bayfit (Bayer) flex­i­ble cold-shaped polyurethane foam. The inte­grated seat cushion is made of polyurethane foam augmented with a poly­ester batting for added comfort. Optional loose, flex­i­ble poly­ester and down-filled cush­ions in various sizes are also avail­able. Its chic, tapered-leg frame is composed of extruded and die-cast aluminum avail­able in black chrome or painted bronze nickel finish.

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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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