Michel Effe Sofa
for B&B Italia
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.
The Collection 2019
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.