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.
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.