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.
Born in Meda, Italy in 1950, Antonio Citterio graduated from Politecnico di Milano, one of the country’s most prestigious schools, in 1975. Having begun his designs in 1972, Citterio collaborated with architect Terry Dwan between 1987 and 1996 and the duo designed buildings in Europe and Japan. In 2000, Citterio opened the architecture and design office together with designer Patricia Viel where they developed international projects.
Antonio Cittorio currently works in the field of industrial design. His customer portfolio includes many Italian and international brands such as Ansorg, Arclinea, Axor-Hansgrohe, B&B Italia, Flexform, Flos, Hermès, Iittala, Kartell, Maxalto, Sanitec (Geberit Group), Technogym and Vitra.
Having received the Compasso d’Oro-ADI award in 1987 and 1994, the designer has been teaching at the Department of Architectural Design at Mendrisio Academy of Architecture in Switzerland since 2006. He was given the title “Royal Designer for Industry” in 2008.