What’s better than one innovative, high-end Italian manufacturer committed to excellence and innovation in interior design? Why two, of course! Which is why we were so delighted by the news that Italian private equity firm Investindustrial — through its subsidiary contemporary furniture leader B&B Italia — has become the majority partner in luxury kitchen and bathroom designer Arclinea.
If you’re a fan of B&B Italia, odds are you have a piece from their iconic UP series. Designed in 1969 by Gaetano Pesce, the pieces were instant hits. They were unlike anything on the furniture scene at that point. The collection featured a sofa, armchair and pouf designed with expressive shapes and upholstered in elastic fabric that remains perfectly molded to the frame, even when occupied.
B&B Showcase: Little Ones Will Delight at the UP Junior Collection
This year, B&B relaunched the UP collection in a smaller size, naming it the UPJ, or UPJunior, collection. The pieces will take center stage in the display window at B&B Italia’s flagship store this holiday season, and are designed for children. Each piece is as much a piece art as it is a home furnishing. The bright red upholstery is cheerful and children will enjoy feeling as if the seemingly heart-shaped chair is enveloping them in a soft, deep embrace.
Unbeknownst to your children, Pesce was actually inspired by the idea women’s rights. The chair symbolizes the womb and heart of woman while the ottoman is her ball and chain. However, you may want to save that art lesson for later.
In the meantime, you can find pieces from the UP collection and other B&B Italia products through the Casa Design showroom.
It’s time for another man in your life. Trade in your B&B “Charles,” and cuddle in with a new classic. Introducing the “William” from Zanotta. This big, strong lover boasts gorgeous tailored lines, comfortable seating, and craftsmanship to die for. He’s the newest sofa from leading Italian design company Zannota, making his first appearance at the 2010 Salone del Mobile Milan fair. Available in multiple sizes and configurations, he’s built to suit just about anyone. If only your boyfriend could be so easily manipulated! Pick up your “William” at Casa Design Boston. See Zanotta’s full collection here.