Michel Effe Sofa
for B&B Italia
The Michel Effe sofa, designed by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia, is a modular seating system that showcases the designer’s expertise in creating beautiful forms through clean lines and angles. The sofa’s single and double elements can be arranged in various configurations, with or without armrests and backrests, allowing for a highly personalized seating experience. The addition of floating ottomans of different sizes offers a comfortable place to rest one’s feet while doubling as a versatile surface.
Citterio’s top priority is comfort, and the Michel Effe sofa is no exception. The seat cushions contain down-augmented polyurethane foam, providing excellent ergonomics and subtle softness to the sofa’s clean lines. The sofa’s internal frame is steel and wood, with Bayfit flexible cold-shaped polyurethane foam. Optional loose cushions filled with polyester and down are available in various sizes.
The sofa’s chic frame is made of extruded and die-cast aluminum, finished in black chrome or painted bronze nickel, and features tapered legs that add to its elegant profile.
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.