Stylish Furniture and Home Accessories from Italy
Italian architect and designer Mario Bellini’s famous Cab chair, available from Cassina and others, is “widely recognized as one of the more significant chair designs of the twentieth century,” according to New York’s Museum of Modern Art. And no wonder. By wrapping the flexible steel frame in a fitted skin of saddle leather, Bellini created a sculptured chair that combines understated elegance and outright comfort.
When the Tizio lamp hit the market in 1972, it signaled a revolution in lighting design. Even now, it sets the standard for desk and table lamps, with a sleek design that eschews wires and uses counterweights and a 360-degree rotatable base to provide a lighting solution that is flexible, efficient and beautiful.
Designed by Patricia Urquiola and available from B&B Italia, the Bend Sofa redefines the whole notion of the couch. As natural and effortless as a meandering stream The Bend sofa offers a series of irregularly shaped seats and back supports that come together in an eccentric design that provides maximum visual interest without ever seeming to strain.
Jean Chairs and Sofas
The full line of Jean chairs and sofas are designed to support and complement the way you live and the things you like to do while seated – reading, relaxing, talking with friends. Designed by Antonio Citterio and available from B&B Italia, the Jean is the ideal blend of perfectly proportioned form and ergonomic function.
Lira Table Linens
Tessatura Pardi’s Lira tablecloth and napkins are woven from 100-percent Italian linen and based on a 14th century design (the original is on exhibit at the Museum of San Francesco in Montefalco, Umbria). This classic design in taupe and ivory will bring a touch of Italian elegance to any table.
Tre Pezzi Armchair
Master architect and designer Franco Albini died in 1977 but his designs live on, and many are as fresh and innovative as the day he unveiled them. Among our favorites is the Tre Pezzi armchair, which uses three distinct elements—the deep seat, the semi-circle back support, and the half-moon headrest—to create a perfectly unified design.
This classic Italian pottery actually originated on the Spanish island of Majorca, but it was so popular in Italy that by the 15th century many Majorcan potters relocated, new designs were created, and Majolica dinnerware was born. The rich colors and intricate designs continue to delight discriminating diners.
The clean yet imaginative look of the Boboli table, designed by Italian architect Rodolfo Dordoni, features a square, round or rectangular top of glass, marble or wood, resting on trestles or a pedestal or of aluminum ribbons. What could be better?
Crevasse Flower Vases
The Crevasse, designed for Alessi by Dame Zaha Hadid, is two vases cut from a single block and turned to create inverted surfaces. The vases, which come in a variety of finishes, can either stand alone or be connected to create new shapes.