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B&B Italia

Italian

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
$6,967
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Pair of B&B Italia Chaise Longues, Grey
By B&B Italia
Located in London, GB
Designed and made by B&B Italia, this pair of chaise longues have a slimline silhouette with generous seat cushions for the ultimate in comfort. Fully upholstered in grey fabric, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian B&B Italia

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Fabric

  • Pair of B&B Italia Chaise Longues, Grey
  • Pair of B&B Italia Chaise Longues, Grey
  • Pair of B&B Italia Chaise Longues, Grey
  • Pair of B&B Italia Chaise Longues, Grey
H 25.2 in. W 30.71 in. D 63 in.
B&B Italia Chaise Longue, Grey
By B&B Italia
Located in London, GB
Designed and made by B&B Italia, this pair of chaise longues have a slimline silhouette with generous seat cushions for the ultimate in comfort. Fully upholstered in grey fabric, ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian B&B Italia

Materials

Fabric

  • B&B Italia Chaise Longue, Grey
  • B&B Italia Chaise Longue, Grey
  • B&B Italia Chaise Longue, Grey
  • B&B Italia Chaise Longue, Grey
H 25.2 in. W 30.71 in. D 63 in.
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

B&B Italia by Jeffrey Bernett Metropolitan ME100/1 Pale Green Armchair
By B&B Italia, Jeffrey Bernett
Located in London, GB
Designed by Jeffrey Bernett for B&B Italia in 2003, the Metropolitan ME100/1 armchair is a larger version of the original Metropolitan chair. Upholstered in the original light gre...
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Early 2000s Italian B&B Italia

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Fabric

Mario Bellini for B&B Italia Side Table Elements 'Gli Scacchi'
By Mario Bellini, B&B Italia
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Mario Bellini for B&B Italia, side table elements 'Gli Scacchi', black polyurethane, Italy, 1971 Mario Bellini desiged the 'gli scacchi' meaning 'the chess' in 1971. Self-skinning p...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern B&B Italia

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Plastic

Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Polygonon, Dining Table, B&B, 1984
By B&B Italia, Afra & Tobia Scarpa
Located in Paris, FR
Afra & Tobia Scarpa (1935-2011 & 1935-) « Polygonon » A dining table, the oval glass top rested on an octogonal metal base with an iridescent green and blue color. Manufacture...
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage B&B Italia

Materials

Metal

Italian Space Age Orange Plastic 4 Gatti Table by Mario Bellini for B&B, 1970s
By B&B Italia, Mario Bellini
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Space Age orange plastic 4 Gatti table by Mario Bellini for B&B, 1970s Pair of quare coffee tables 4 Gatti in orange plastic, stackable through the holes on the perimeter of...
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1970s Italian Space Age Vintage B&B Italia

Materials

Plastic

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

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

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B&B Italia Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

B&B Italia Furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of Leather and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many choices to choose from in our B&B Italia Furniture collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 2 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture of B&B Italia were created in Italy during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider Furniture by Afra & Tobia Scarpa, Vico Magistretti and Mario Bellini. Prices for B&B Italia Furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $4,700 and tops out at $7,180, while pieces like these can sell for $6,800 on average..