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.
A Cypriot designer based in London, Michael Anastassiades studied Civil Engineering at the Imperial College of Science and Technology and Medicine in London. Having received his master’s degree in Industrial Design at Royal College of Art, the designer opened his first studio in 1994. Positioning himself between design and fine arts, the designer’s works aim to trigger dialogue, interaction and participation.
Though his objects look minimal, useful and even “ordinary,” they also hold an unexpected energy. Museum of Modern Art in New York, Victoria & Albert Museum in London, FRAC Centre in Orléans, and MAK in Vienna are some of the museums that display Anastassiades’ works in their permanent collection. Moreover, he often partakes in temporary exhibitions of the world’s most prestigious museums. Having collaborated with world-renowned,
leading manufacturers such as Flos, Puiforcat, Lobmeyr, and Svenskt Tenn, the designer opened a studio in his own name in 2007 and started to design his own products such as furniture, lighting, jewelry, and desktop objects. The studio aims to achieve timeless quality, individuality and eclecticism in its designs.