for B&B Italia
The SAKe seating system signals the beginning of Piero Lissoni’s collaboration with B&B Italia. The design begins from a strongly contemporary seating system distinguished by a careful search for formal balance. Seats available in three sizes with embracing or linear backs and arms of various dimensions added harmoniously to create a sofa adapted to the customer’s space and personal taste. The system is enhanced with a chaise longue element that lends itself to various interpretations: as the terminal element in a linear composition, with a more enveloping back and with the addition of armrests, or it can stand on its own as well as alongside another chaise lounge creating a sofa with deep seating.
Collection Vol. 1
Collection Vol. 2
Design On Stage
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.