for B&B Italia
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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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.