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Arcadia Leather Chairs by Paolo Piva for B&B Italia, 1980s, Set of 4

US$1,722.74per set

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Set of four dining chairs by designer Paolo Piva, manufactured by B&B Italia in Italy in the 1980s. The chairs have a high back, which is connected to the seat with a special metal construction. This construction allows a slight swing. The chairs are made of creamy white calfskin and are very soft. Generally, the chairs are in great vintage condition. One chair has a small abrasion on the back and a hole in the plastic cover on the underside, but this has no effect on seating comfort. All chairs are signed B&B Italia.

Details

  • Creator
    Paolo Piva (Designer),B&B Italia (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 112 cm (44.1 in.)Width: 46 cm (18.12 in.)Depth: 54 cm (21.26 in.)Seat Height: 48 cm (18.9 in.)
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    1980-1989
  • Date of Manufacture
    1980s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. One chair has a small abrasion on the back and a hole in the plastic cover on the underside, but this has no effect on seating comfort. Please look at all pictures.
  • Seller Location
    Morazzone, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2089322357182

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    Customs Duties & Taxes May Apply.
    Ships From: Morazzone, Italy
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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About the Manufacturer

B&B Italia

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 range of vintage B&B Italia furniture — including sofas, cocktail tables and more. 

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