B&B Italia has opened its first store in Mexico City at the Park Plaza. One of the greenest buildings in Mexico, it harvests all of its rainwater, has a thermal insulating façade, cascading gardens and an all-green roof.
This new showroom in Mexico City follows in the footsteps of the group's first shop in Vienna, Austria, which opened in May this year. While so many international fashion and design brands flounder, B&B Italia is a family-run design success story that continues to grow around the world by developing strong local partnerships.
With the internationally celebrated modernist Pulitzer-prize winning architect Luis Barragán setting the local scene, this new venture into Mexico represents an optimism in the local economy as the country develops a taste for international design on the back of its strong cultural history.
Exploring the many rich and diverse sounds of Mexico, in late 2012 Domus magazine commissioned a series of musical mix tapes curated by architect Alberto Bustamante. Sometimes nostalgic and often rebellious, the works are all produced by local Mexican musicians whose work responds to a theme set by Alberto – The Sound of Nuevo Norte, Bamerette and Atlacomulco. Have a listen at Domus online here.
We travel to Hotel Il Sereno on the shores of Lake Como to meet hotelier Luis Contreras whose family has established remarkable hotels where design, tradition and nature meet – and where luxury is being redefined with the help of designer Patricia Urquiola and furniture maker B&B Italia.
Celebrating 20 years and the innovative leaps and bounds of furniture maker B&B Italia, the Charles sofa designed by Antonio Citterio was named in honour of Charles Eames and the extraordinary lengths he and Ray Eames went to, experimenting and testing materials and pushing the design industry into the future.
Piero Lissoni's studio is a thriving creative hub, with projects from furniture to hotels to the visual identity for the International Film Festival in Venice We meet Piero Lissoni's first collection with B&B Italia – Saké and Formiche – a collaboration that began over dinner with founder Piero Busnelli more than 20 years ago.
In the final episode of ‘A Life Individual’ we are immersed into the creative worlds of music and design. Join us as we visit Gillianne and Allan Griffiths at their beautiful home on the Mornington Peninsula.
Launched at the MAXXI museum in Rome a year on from Zaha Hadid’s untimely death, 'Zaha Hadid in Italy' highlights the seminal Italian buildings and projects shaping the practice that include the R&D collaboration with Italian manufacturer B&B Italia that produced the iconic Moon System.
Under the neon lights of "A Life Individual”, white lab coats, an inflatable dinosaur, and furniture by the world’s best brands, transformed the Space installation with humour and style wrapped up in a series of graphic b&w screens, a technique made famous by design radicals Archizoom that set the scene for the perfect Instagram vignette.
"For me, making a magical house is a bit like cooking. It is never just one ingredient that makes it great, and a lot of it has to do with the love, with the care, attention and time - you just can’t do it fast, it’s part of an ongoing story that is largely autobiographical."
See inside the home of surgeon Terry Wu which features in the ‘A Life Individual’ campaign for Space Furniture – "I feel a deep responsibility to nurture and support cultural endeavours", Wu explains, "both for the community and for our children’s future."
The documentary film 'B&B Italia. Poetry in the shape. When design meets industry' tells the story of the company’s extraordinary path between creativity, technology and innovation.
A place full of personality and whimsy, we visit the Melbourne home of interior stylist Danika Rehfisch which features in the ‘A Life Individual’ campaign for Space Furniture.