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 Oviedo, Spain in 1961, Patricia Urquiola studied architecture at Polytechnic University of Madrid and Polytechnic University of Milan. She worked as a co-lecturer with Achille Castiglioni and Eugenio BEttinelli in Milan and Paris between 1990 and 1992.
Having opened her own design studio in 2001, Patricia Urquiola works in various fields from product design to installation and architecture. Some of architect and designer Urquiola’s projects include Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Barcelona, W Retreat & Spa in Porto, a villa in Udine, the scenography of the opera “l’incoronazione di Poppea” in Monteverdi, and installations and showroom designs for Hermès, Gianvito Rossi, Flos, Moroso, and H&M.
Having designed for important brands such as Agape, Alessi, B&B Italia, Bart Design, Bisazza, Bmw, Budri, Chevalier Edition, Il Coccio, De Padova, De Vecchi, Salvatore Ferragamo, Flos, Foscarini, Glas Italia, Kartell, Panasonic, Paola Lenti, Rosenthal, Champagne Ruinart, and San Lorenzo, Patricia Urquiola was honored with Medalla de Oro al mérito en las Bellas Artes by the Spanish government in 2010. She currently lives and works in Milan.