In 2016 the Italian furniture house B&B Italia turns 50 which in many ways seems young.
Certainly the group's passion for innovation and design has been consistent from the start when Piero Busnelli launched the brand and changed the direction of Italian design forever.
That approach has developed over the five decades, blending the traditional craftsmanship of regional Italy with the latest technologies and techniques.
It's a fascinating story and more space will begin a series of profiles and interviews in early 2016 – for now here is a short of the film B&B Italia commissioned to tell their story.
Rising above the gritty, urban heart of Sydney, Cleveland Rooftop designed by Adam Haddow of SJB, balances equal parts architecture and landscape and is a living case study for how cities could and should develop – while demonstrating first-hand how embracing nature shapes a happier life.
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.