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Ray Sofa

c. 2010

by Antonio Citterio
for B&B Italia

Ray Sofa

by Antonio Citterio
for B&B Italia

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The Ray sofa is char­ac­ter­ized by its super-luxe uphol­stery covers that feature a contrast­ing blanket stitch around the perime­ter that accen­tu­ates the linear form of the sofa as well as delin­eates the seat cush­ions and loose back pillows used within the respec­tive seating config­u­ra­tion. The illu­sion of levity is created with Citterio’s clever use of inverted U-shaped runners in bronzed or chrome finish die-cast aluminum that are affixed in the front and back corners span­ning the depth of the sofa. Its loose recti­lin­ear back cush­ions are avail­able in differ­ent sizes and afford differ­ent arrange­ments within the Ray sofas or seating system.

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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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