A touch of talent and eclectic spirit: B&B Italia New Collections on show at Milan Design Week 2012

Original or evergreen armchairs and tables pay tribute to design…

Mini Papilio and Love Papilio by Naoto Fukasawa

Naoto Fukasawa has conceived a small sofa, recreating and expanding the design of Grande Papilio armchair. Ideal for both the home and public areas, it seats two and envelops the users with its broad backrest. And thus the name: Love Papilio. Another version of the armchair was also created, Mini Papilio. This is a small armchair that is also perfect for public areas where it can be presented in bright fabric or leather covers. Two are the options for the swivel base: a traditional 360 degree rotation, or an automatic return to the pre-set position.

Theo by Vincent Van Duysen

Theo has a suspended, floating seat that contrasts with its base. It is supported by a steel frame (glossy chrome-plated, black chrome-plated or painted bronzed nickel) whose finishes can be coordinated with covers, available in leather enriched with tailored details, single colour fabric or bicolour colour fabric for the structure and the back cushion. This is an armchair that can convey diverse languages through its different covers and readily lend itself to customization.

Husk and Husk Outdoor by Patricia Urquiola

The new dining chair version completes the Husk Outdoor Collection, which now meets a variety of size and functional needs. The body is in a solid white, which suits bright outdoor environments; the four legs are in white or black painted metal, while the cushions, which allow water to run off and are attached to the backrest with two snaps, are covered in high- tech fabric that can with stand the elements. The Husk series has been further expanded by patricia urquiola to include a comfortable dining chair. Its distinguishing feature is an unmistakable modular shell with a ‘capitonné’ design. The small armchair, inspired by an investigation of new proportions, is not intended to be used exclusively at the table but can also find a variety of uses in spaces outside the home. The two traditional colours for the plastic shell, white and black, are now joined by the new thick leather version in five colourways, which radically change the look of the chair. Two options are also available for the bases: fixed with four legs in different finishes or a swivel with four star base. The fabric or leather covers are quilted in a design that mirrors the form of the supporting shell.

Tobi-Ishi by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

The inspiration from the east is clear even in the name of the table Tobi-Ishi, which refers to the ornamental stones used in traditional japanese gardens. The form of the table, which is distinguished by the cantilever top and bases that look different depending on the perspective, allude to those smooth stones. With unexpected materials, it blends technology and handicraft. After considerable experimentation aimed at creating a fashionable granite look, today the table bases have cores in baydur ® bayer (structural polyurethane foam) and a wooden top. All the parts have been treated with cement grout to create a sort of superficial leather that recalls a history of high-tech craftsmanship.

Iuta by Antonio Citterio

Refreshing image and new study of details and finishes for the Iuta chair by antonio citterio. With a swivelling base of four star aluminium base the chair is available in a charming new finish – glossy painted bronzed nickel, both for the mesh back and the base.

J.J. by Antonio Citterio

The range of J.J. armchairs has been expanded with a brand new version. The new designs, created both in a conversation version with a low backrest and a lounge version with a high backrest and headrest, are now available with a pad in textured fabric with a diamond- shaped pattern. The polypropylene bands on the frame are available in three new colours, dove grey, black and orange, and are repeated on the armrests.

Mart by Antonio Citterio

Mart armchairs, introduced in 2003 with innovative technology for thermoforming leather, are now proposed, both for the fabric as well as for the leather version, with a new swivel base with four spokes in smoked stained oak.

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