At the 2016 Milan Design Week, Doshi Levien released three new collections with B&B Italia: the Do-Maru armchair, Maru ottoman and Tabour side table. 

At the 2016 Milan Design Week, Doshi Levien released three new collections with B&B Italia: the Do-Maru armchair, Maru ottoman and Tabour side table

Doshi Levien’s Do-Maru armchair for B&B Italia draws on the studio’s diverse cultural influences, and continues their distinctive design language first introduced to the Italian furniture brand in 2014.

B&B Italia, Kvadrat, Camper, Swarovski and Nanimarquina are just a few of the collaborations that designers Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien, partners in work and life, have nurtured since launching their London design studio Doshi Levien in 2001. 

Cultural capital as a resource for design innovation and a new subjectivity in current design practice are ideas that underpin Doshi Levien’s philosophy. They also hint at the pair’s deep fascination for visual culture and the art of craftsmanship, and their experimentation with industrial innovation and materiality. 

The Almora armchair by Doshi Levien for B&B Italia.

The Almora armchair by Doshi Levien for B&B Italia.

Combining craftsmanship and industrial production, Almora was the designers' first piece for Italian manufacturer B&B Italia. It was also the starting point for smaller cousin Do-Maru, launched at the group’s 50th anniversary celebrations during Milan Design Week this year.

Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien of Doshi Levien began working with B&B Italia in 2014. 

Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien of Doshi Levien began working with B&B Italia in 2014. 

Doshi Levien's new collection for B&B Italia continues the design language of Almora. Do-Maru is made of two leather ‘plates' that cradle and support the body, inspired by the traditions of handmade leather Samurai armour dating back to the 4th century. While other pieces in the collection include Maru, a series of round tables designed to cluster, and the Tabour poufs, an assortment of lozenge-shaped leather cushions to mix and match.

The Do-Maru armchair was launched in Milan and is inspired by the traditions of handmade leather Samurai armour dating back to the 4th century. Photo: Filippo Bamberghi / Space Furniture

The Do-Maru armchair was launched in Milan and is inspired by the traditions of handmade leather Samurai armour dating back to the 4th century. Photo: Filippo Bamberghi / Space Furniture

 

As Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien draw inspiration from diverse cultural practice brought to life through their collaborations with the world’s most innovative manufacturers, their work highlights the important (and often forgotten) history of craftsmanship, the sensuality of materials and the intrinsic beauty of things made by hand.

View the Doshi Levien collection for B&B Italia on the Space Furniture Australia website.


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