The iconic UP5 armchair is one of the most recognisable designs of the 20th century. Did you know B&B Italia has a pint-size version called the UP Junior?
Designed by Gaetano Pesce, the UP Series first launched in 1969 was made from air sensitive expandable foam in collaboration with the Bayer group. When removed from its flat-pack wrapping it took 15 minutes to expand into its full shape leaving audiences at the Milan Furniture Fair in understandable raptures.
Nearly 40 years later and in a permanently 'up' state, the range now has seven versions, including the Up7 'foot' and the famous UP 5 armchair, which the new UP Junior AKA UPJ is a tiny blueprint designed for kids aged three years and older.
Filmed on location in the Space Sydney showroom, stylist Steve Cordony has created a series of interior vignettes capturing his ideas for timeless living. As one of Australia’s leading stylists, Steve was an ideal choice for a series that explores the diversity of the Space collection via the immersive medium of film.
Salvador Dalì famously posed in the UP5 armchair and the James Bond classic ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ featured it inside architect John Lautner’s Elrod House in Palms Springs. By the 1970s the UP Series, which turns 50 this year, was suddenly more than just a new piece of furniture, it had come to represent a whole new generation of designers.
The story of Mart can be traced back to the 1960s and a time of huge social change. For the founder of B&B Italia, Piero Ambrogio Busnelli, that meant looking for ideas in sometimes unexpected places. A chance encounter with a rubber duck manufacturer in the UK became the catalyst for a new way to make sofas, and continues to underpin the furniture group’s philosophy for innovation and collaboration.
Late last year B&B Italia announced the re-edition of 20 products designed by Luigi Caccia Dominioni, one of Italy’s most admired designers and architects whose love of the Baroque movement’s expressive forms and beautiful details quietly shaped apartment buildings, theatres and public spaces in Milan during the post-WWII period. The addition of this historic collection marks another step by B&B Italia to preserve Italy’s rich design heritage.
Designer and architect Piero Lissoni has studios in Milan and New York and has established a practice that weaves between the design of buildings, furniture, exhibitions, graphics and art direction. It is a studio that is grounded in the traditions of Italian design fluidity producing some of the most interesting installations and furniture collections at Milan Design Week.
From a technology collaboration between Philippe Starck, Kartell and Autodesk, to installations and new products made of bioplastic, this year furniture collections were peppered with new thinking and manufacturing processes. While it was also another year of looking back through the design archives. With the help of the Space team, here more space reviews the highlights, design directions and best new releases from the world’s biggest design event of the year – Milan Design Week!
It’s day two of exhibitions, talks, launches, parties and installations in some of Milan’s most private and public spaces, earning Milan Design Week its pole position as design leader. B&B Italia is celebrating the 50th birthday of the groundbreaking UP 5&6 armchair designed by Gaetano Pesce in 1969; Glas Italia has released designs in iridescent colour and fluid form, and GTV has collaborated with Michael Anastassiades who plays with the traditions of wood.
Describing his work as "minimal, utilitarian and almost mundane, yet full of unexpected vitality”, designer Michael Anastassiades designs products, furniture and lighting that strikes a balance between art and the practicalities of function, while bringing a certain magic to each design.
Design takes centre stage in a short film created by Italian furniture brand B&B Italia in collaboration with OffiCine and Elle Decor Italia. Inside a classic Milanese apartment, life unfolds around the Atoll sofa designed by Antonio Citterio. and an elegant set created by Studio Silenzi.
Designers Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien recently launched Bay, an outdoor seating collection that explores the traditions of weaving, and craftsmanship, and continues the duo’s collaboration with B&B Italia that began with the Almora chair four years ago.