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Founded with Piero Ambrogio Busmelli’s entrepreneurial vision in 1966, B&B Italia is a world-renowned Italian brand which has a leading position in the world of design and offers solutions both for homes and corporate spaces.

Comprising two sections titled B&B Italia Home Division and B&B Italia Contract Division, the brand stands out among the small brands of the industry with its innovative industrial approach to manufacture since its foundation. Though these two divisions include different brands and identities, they share the same philosophy in essence – to create a perfect balance between innovation and design to offer unique products. Home décor, exterior reorganization or office decoration – the approach of the brand stays the same despite the varying contexts.

Having formed strong relations with international designers and carried out continuous research have played an important role in B&B Italia’s achievements which includes many awards such as Compasso D’Oro, the most prestigious award in industrial design in Italia. With a wide distribution area, the brand makes sales in more than 80 countries. B&B Italia’s headquarters in Novedrate, Como was designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers in 1972.

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Paolo Piva

Paolo Piva was born in Adria, Italy in 1950. He started studying architecture in Venice in 1968 and, during his student years, worked as an assistant in a project for the “wig 74” contest organized by the city of Venice. Then, he studied at at Venice International University. In 1973, he received a degree with his thesis “Venice from 1918 to 1934” he prepared with the guidance of Professor Carlo Scarpa. 

Closely in interested in industrial design since 1970, the architect worked for Istituto di Storia e Architettura di Venetia in 1975, and put together a great exhibition about the socialist era in Vienna. In 1980, he was invited to design the Kuwait Embassy building in Qatar in 1980. 

Paolo Piva has been teaching at Akademie für Angewandten Kunst in Vienna since 1988 while collaborating with many companies in Europe and the U.S. for industrial design.

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