B&B Italia celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Charles Sofa

The iconic seating system designed by Antonio Citterio in 1997, presents a special version that offers two new covers in orange/red and grey/blue, colors with which Charles Eames identified himself in the 60s. A statement piece in the lifestyle contemporary, Charles owes its immense success both to its form and its aesthetics, as well as to the research and innovation that went into its design: values ​​that are part of B&B Italia's DNA.

The features that have made it a contemporary classic are vast: a thin but strong enough structure thanks to the metal frame embedded in cold polyurethane foam frames, a single seat cushion, a lightweight appearance accentuated by the essential "inverted L " design. - foot made of molded aluminum sheet. High seating, modular system, sixteen elements per type and various sizes is the concept behind Charles.

The sixteen elements offer a wide variety of linear and corner compositions, while the terminal and chaise longue elements create possible peninsula compositions for open spaces.

Twenty years after its launch, Charles reaffirms its qualities as the company's long-selling and best-selling product, being considered today a reference model in the world of design.

Antonio Citterio was born in Meda in 1950. He opened his design office in 1972. He graduated in architecture from the Milan Polytechnic in 1975. Between 1987 and 1996 he worked in association with Terry Dwan on the design of several buildings in Europe and Japan .

In 2000, with Patricia Viel, they formed a multidisciplinary office for architecture, interior design and graphic design. In the development of complex long-term international projects, on all scales and in synergy with a qualified network of specialized consultants.

Antonio Citterio is currently working in the industrial design sector with Italian and foreign companies, such as B&B Italia, Flexform, Flos, Hermès, Kartell, Maxalto, Vitra, among others.

In 1987 and 1995 Antonio Citterio received the Compasso d' Oro award. Since 2006 He has embraced the role of professor of Design at the Università della Svizzera Italiana, at the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio.

Antonio Citterio was awarded the title of "Royal Designer for Industry" by the Royal Society for the Promotion of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in London in 2008.

source: bebitalia.com