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B&B Italia

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In 1966, Piero Ambrogio Busnelli cofounded C&B Italia, a modern Italian furniture manufacturer, with Cesare Cassina in northern Milan. From the outset, Busnelli and Cassina set about recruiting the most talented modernists in Italy to conceive of creative furnishings manufactured in modern ways. In the early 1970s, the company split, with Cassina founding his own eponymous firm and Busnelli taking leadership of what became B&B Italia.

For decades, Busnelli cultivated relationships with the world’s best design talent, resulting in furniture pieces that remain iconic today — be they Gaetano Pesce’s outwardly curvaceous Up seating (made for C&B, reintroduced by B&B) or tables from industrial designer Paolo Piva, each more sophisticated than the next in their geometrically complex steel-tube bases. B&B Italia earned four prestigious Compasso d’Oro design awards: in 1979 for Mario Bellini’s Le Bambole, in 1984 for the Sisamo wardrobe system by Studio Kairos, in 1987 for Antonio Citterio’s modular Sity sofa and, in 1989, the first award given to a manufacturing company itself.

Other notable names who designed for B&B Italia over the course of its 54-year history include Patricia Urquiola, Naoto Fukasawa, Zaha Hadid, Ettore Sottsass and Vincent Van Duysen, to name a very few. And while these names bring star power to the B&B brand, in many cases, it was B&B Italia who helped usher in their celebrity, fostering a wave of design talent on the world stage.

The company’s forward-thinking vision manifested in its own headquarters, too: In 1972, B&B Italia tapped architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers to design a steel-framed, postmodern-style home for the brand, whose crisscrossing metal exoskeleton is reminiscent of the pair’s Centre Pompidou in Paris, which was built at roughly the same time. Now, B&B Italia manages a contract division and outdoor section as well as its residential arm, and it also controls production for Maxalto, a brand spun out with furniture designs by Antonio Citterio.

At 1stDibs, find a sizable inventory of B&B Italia's furniture — including sofas, cocktail tables and more. 

Average Sold Price
$7,843
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Mid Century "Le Bambole" Lounge Chair by Mario Bellini for B&B Italia, 1970's
By B&B Italia, Mario Bellini
Located in Oud Beijerland, NL
A beautiful "Le Bambole" lounge chair, designed by Mario Bellini, 1970's. This lovely and comfortable chair is produced B&B Italia. It is newly upholstered in very soft Italian b...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage B&B Italia

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Bouclé

Set of Two Lauriana Sofas by Afra & Tobia Scarpa
By B&B Italia, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Dronten, NL
Pair of Lauriana 2-seater sofas designed in 1978 by Afra & Tobia Scarpa for B&B Italia. Dark chocolate brown removable velvet upholstery with camel leather piping. Mounted on a ste...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage B&B Italia

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Steel

  • Set of Two Lauriana Sofas by Afra & Tobia Scarpa
  • Set of Two Lauriana Sofas by Afra & Tobia Scarpa
  • Set of Two Lauriana Sofas by Afra & Tobia Scarpa
  • Set of Two Lauriana Sofas by Afra & Tobia Scarpa
H 32.68 in. W 63.78 in. D 33.47 in.
Vintage Italian Cab 414 Cognac Leather Chair by Mario Bellini for Cassina, 1970
By B&B Italia, Mario Bellini
Located in Eindhoven, Noord Brabant
This Cab 414 armchair was designed by Mario Bellini for Cassina. It is upholstered in cognac saddle leather with comfortable seat padding. The high quality Italian leather is zipped ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern B&B Italia

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Steel

"Sity" Sectional Sofa in White Leather by Citterio for B&B Italia
By Antonio Citterio, B&B Italia
Located in Grand Cayman, KY
Designed by Antonio Citterio in 1986 for B&B Italia, this "Sity" sectional sofa in white leather contains one asymmetrical curved island daybed and a rectangular daybed. New excep...
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage B&B Italia

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Leather

Mario Bellini 'Amanta' Sectional Lounges for B&B Italia, Italy 1960s, Signed
By B&B Italia, Mario Bellini
Located in Torino, IT
Set of two "Amanta" lounges by Mario Bellini for B&B Italia, 1960s, they can be used as single lounge chairs or combined to be a loveseat, fiberglass frame, cushions reupholstered in...
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1960s Italian Vintage B&B Italia

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Fabric, Fiberglass

Set of Four Black Leather CAB 412 Chairs by Mario Bellini for Cassina
By B&B Italia, Mario Bellini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A set of four of 20th century Italian design icons in black saddle leather, the CAB 412 chair by Mario Bellini for Cassina. When first produced in 1977, the CAB was the first chair t...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern B&B Italia

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Leather

Left Rust Colored Fabric Upholstered Chaise Lounge, B&B Italia
By Antonio Citterio, B&B Italia
Located in Tulsa, OK
Left Édouard chaise lounges, B+B Italia Designed to create restful areas that suit both the space available and personal taste, this chaise have a wide seat and high backrest. The...
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2010s Italian Modern B&B Italia

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Aluminum, Steel

B&B Italia Husk Grey Chair by Patricia Urquiola
By B&B Italia, Patricia Urquiola
Located in London, GB
Designed by Patricia Urquiloa for B&B Italia in 2011, the Husk chair is an iconic modern design. Combining a hard shell with soft quilted cushioning, the Husk chair is the perfect b...
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2010s Italian B&B Italia

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Fabric

  • B&B Italia Husk Grey Chair by Patricia Urquiola
  • B&B Italia Husk Grey Chair by Patricia Urquiola
  • B&B Italia Husk Grey Chair by Patricia Urquiola
  • B&B Italia Husk Grey Chair by Patricia Urquiola
H 31.5 in. W 36.23 in. D 26.38 in.
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B&B Italia furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture B&B Italia are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are often made of fabric and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of B&B Italia furniture, there are many options to choose from, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 183 vintage editions of these items, while there is also a modern edition to choose from. Many original furniture by B&B Italia were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider furniture by Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Mario Bellini and Ico Parisi if you are looking for additional options. The prices for B&B Italia furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $347 and tops out at $52,031, while pieces like these can sell for $4,625.