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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, 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.


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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