Pochette Lounge Chair
for B&B Italia
Designed by Piero Lissoni for B&B Italia, Pochette is more than just a seat — it’s a work of art that is as unusual as it is inviting. Its name takes inspiration from a small, high-quality object — a soft and graceful bag meant to be held close to the body on important occasions. Such a fusion of care and lightness reflected in the design of Pochette is where steel and leather combine to give form and substance to a seat that offers relaxation without neglecting style.
The painted steel tube left exposed in the back of Pochette defines its unique shape and creates support, while straight lines and sinuous curves wrap around the sumptuous upholstery. The tubular frame is upholstered in leather using a slow and careful technique inspired by the craftsmanship used for luxury car steering wheels. This technique ensures that the seams are hidden, while the sophisticated piping serves as a refined decorative pattern that adds to the understated elegance of the armchair.
Expertise in leather artistry is evident in every detail of Pochette, from the exquisite stitching to the two back cushions arranged to accommodate your preferred posture. The cushions can be upholstered in leather or fabric, adding to the versatility of the armchair.
Industrial but playful might sound like a contradiction, but in the hands of Piero Lissoni, it makes perfect sense. The Italian architect and designer has become one of the most accomplished of his generation, with collaborations with everyone from Alessi to Flos to Tecno. After training as an architect at the prestigious Politecnico di Milano University, Lissoni formed his own firm to create witty takes on modernism’s clean lines.
In 1996, he launched a visual communication agency, Graph.x, followed 17 years later by Lissoni Architettura, which handles interior design projects. But Lissoni’s furnishings really show off his charm: his Otto seating system for Cassina, named for the way the numeral is pronounced in Italian, tosses a titular number of comfy cushions into a slim aluminum rectangle for a perfect blend of hard and soft. And his Extrasoft system for Living Divani tosses away the frame entirely. It’s a chic take on the kid’s bedroom favorite, the beanbag, but with a lifetime’s worth of possible arrangements.