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Antonio Citterio & Paolo Nava First Edition "Desis" Sofa for B&B Italia, 1979



Italian Diesis brown leather sofa by Antonio Citterio & Paolo Nava for B&B Italia, 1979. This specific sofa is from the first generation from 1979 and is a very rare find. Edition with the most exclusive supple leather, aluminum frame saddle leather backrest, armrest parts and gorgeous brass details. Technology, elegance, ergonomics and comfort. Diesis has entered the history of contemporary design, appreciated by the international public. A Classic project of modern tradition, this piece exhibits fine craftsmanship for the leather-working processes, while taking full advantage of new technologies in order to optimize quality and product lifetime. The metal load bearing structure defines the seat, back and armrests with precision, which look like soft padded cushions. Minimalism is expressed clearly in the design, which differentiates between structural and non-structural elements. The three-seat sofa was created to be set in the centre of a room like a work of art. Originally marked.


  • Creator
    Antonio Citterio (Designer),B&B Italia (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 31.5 in. (80 cm)Width: 75.6 in. (192 cm)Depth: 35.04 in. (89 cm)Seat Height: 14.18 in. (36 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    The Hague, NL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 29-03-02021stDibs: LU2448320872342

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    Ships From: The Hague, Netherlands
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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About B&B Italia (Manufacturer)

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. 

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