A Classic Sofa With An Urban Twist: Amoenus

Designed by Antonio Citterio, Amoenus is among the most comfortable seating systems from Maxalto, best characterized by its enveloping back-armrest.

The seating range comes in four streamlined compositions. The most iconic -- the Amoenus round swivel sofa, is a sinuous single piece that is like a design exclamation point in an open space. The piece conveys such a strong personality that some editorial writers claimed it to be “another guest in the room.”

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The most popular among the series, the Amoenus round swivel sofa, is a sinuous single piece that is like a design exclamation point in an open space, a perfect decorative element that adds a graceful touch to a wide room. The piece conveys such a strong personality that some editorial writers claimed it to be “another guest in the room”

The Amoenus linear sofa comes with a deep seat, covered in padded foam made of down feather, making the seat softer and more comfortable. The sofa offers a warm set-up to anyone who wants to rest after a long day.

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The corner or chaise lounge version is marked by a sizable and enveloping back-armrest. This system encourages the feeling of conviviality and openness among those who want to lounge on it.

“Amoenus” which means “pleasing spot” in Latin allows a delightful and comfortable arrangement for anyone who wishes to lounge.

“Amoenus” which means “pleasing spot” in Latin allows a delightful and comfortable arrangement for anyone who wishes to lounge.

All Amoenus models include a bright brushed or bronzed nickel painted aluminium edge to complete the design.

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Amoenus sofas grace the interiors of top-end establishments such as the La Reserve Paris and Barvikha in Moscow, Russia

A desirable range of stylish, comfortable and innovative solutions crafted from high quality, luxurious fabric and leather finishes — the Amoenus collection is one that boasts about its charismatic appeal. Sole author of Maxalto, Antonio Citterio, designed the collection in classic finishes but with a contemporary take on aesthetics — one that stands out from dull interiors via its sophisticated and modern compositions/

B&B Italia Celebrates International Women's Month with Serie Up 2000

A global commemoration where individuals honor feminism, equality, and the unique strength of women -- International Women’s Day is a celebration of women across all industries.

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The Serie Up is a symbol of strong feminine statement and one of B&B Italia’s most coveted pieces. Its subversive appeal recognizes men’s objectification of women while also celebrating a female mystique.

B&B Italia recognizes the struggles of women through one of its iconic pieces, Serie Up 2000 by Gaetano Pesce. Originally designed in 1969, Serie Up 2000 has become one of the most blatant symbols of the female figure, and has since then become an icon of modernity.

It’s an image of a prisoner. Women suffer because of the prejudice of men. The chair was supposed to talk about this problem.
— GAETANO PESCE
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An unrivaled icon of Italian design, the Serie Up 2000 is a metaphor of a large comfortable womb, but this image of comfort is combined with a more figurative image of a woman with a ball and chain on her foot. Gaetano Pesce explains,

"At that time, I was telling a personal story about my concept of women: I believe that women have always been unwilling prisoners of themselves. This is why I decided to give this armchair the shape of a woman with a ball and chain, a traditional image of a prisoner."

Famed among design collections, exhibited in the international museums around the world and in the exhibit by Antonio Citterio in the Museum of Design at the Milan Triennale, the Up series today celebrates its 50th anniversary.

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This pop-culture furniture piece expresses all the unabashed energy of the Sixties, as well as a a provoking philosophy on women's conditions. The Serie Up 2000 armchair, a timeless icon of Italian design, is still full of all that special energy even after half a century after its unveiling.

Pesce set the stage in that era by giving design the potential for political, social and environmental impact. Over the years, the armchair has become an international icon with different names, from "Big Mama" to "Blow Up” and continues to be a timeless statement in an ever-changing world.

Tranquil Spaces: Almora

by NIPA DOSHI AND JONATHAN LEVIEN

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Starting fresh for the new month is a great opportunity to simplify.

In our busy, over-scheduled lives, we could all use a bit of quite. While most of us do not have time for long mediation sessions everyday, tranquil spaces in our home allow us to find a few personal moments to slow down and breathe.

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Nipa Doshi &

Jonathan Levien

“It is a primal human need to be warm, protected, and sheltered but equally to be engaged with our surroundings.”

When designing a tranquil space, many of us focus on elements like walls and floors, but furniture and fixtures are equally important. These elements add interest and character to a space and when chosen correctly they create a minimalist, calming environment — the perfect retreat.

British designers Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien explain, “It is a primal human need to be warm, protected, and sheltered but equally to be engaged with our surroundings.” This was their philosophy when they designed the Almora armchair for B&B Italia.

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Named after the Indian region that offers a breathtaking view of the Himalayas, Almora is meant to be “a haven from the world, a place for contemplation and reading from where one can admire magnificent snow-capped peaks; as protective as a second skin, enveloping like a soft blanket.”

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Almora’s sensual play on enveloping shapes evoke sensations of comfort, and the combination of organic materials like leather and shearling stand in appealing contrast to the chair’s clean modern silhouette.

The layering together of natural leather, shearling, and wood, all materials that breathe and age gracefully, enhances our sense of physical well-being and permanence. Almora encourages us to care for our material environment, to look after our things so we may cherish for a long time.

The layering together of natural leather, shearling, and wood, all materials that breathe and age gracefully, enhances our sense of physical well-being and permanence. Almora encourages us to care for our material environment, to look after our things so we may cherish for a long time.

The designers add, “The magic and mystery of Almora is that the screws are invisible!”

Almora’s pure lines and natural colours help achieve an elegant minimalist look, thereby creating peaceful energy and a positive atmosphere in your tranquil space.