B&B Italia presents the outdoor news 2015 which will be launched during the next Milan Design Week. These include particularly Butterfly and Fat-Sofa Outdoor seating systems design by Patricia Urquiola, highly creative proposals to bring outdoor B&B Italia’s quality and comfort.
Butterfly gets its name from the “butterfly” shape created by the outer corner that joins the armrest and the backrest. It is a modular seating system that responds effectively to the needs of modularity and comfort, suitable for free and informal usage. Its modular structure is shaped around an ottoman, which is the base piece, and which, when integrated with the backrest and/or the armrest, becomes a central or terminal element, either left or right. The combination of these elements, using a simple joint system, makes it possible to freely set up versatile configurations, from in-line sofas to corner solutions, from front-facing to lounge layouts. This first textile sofa in B&B Italia Outdoor collection is characterised by soft and sinuous shapes. Completely upholstered, it leverages the company’s production technology, with materials and solutions designed for outdoor use, in order to take outdoors the quality and comfort that has always characterized indoor seating. The system includes a family of complements, small tables and consoles, seamlessly integrated with the seats, making it possible to design many compositions suitable for different space customization requirements. The strong material component of Butterfly’s cover and the softness of its shapes are an invitation to comfort, which, together with the modularity of the system, make it ideal for transversal projects, from hotels to marine applications.
The Butterfly complements have an outline that perfectly follows the lines of the sofa, harmoniously flanking the seat at the top. The family consists of round, square and rectangular low tables and a small table featuring a large weave pattern, made of tortora coloured twisted polyethylene fibres that wraps around the grey painted aluminium frame. Two finishes are available for the surfaces of the complements: white Carrara statuarietto marble or thermo-treated ash wooden slats
The rounded, soft and sinuous shapes of the Fat-Sofa seating system are the base for the new outdoor version, characterized by a brand new interlacing design. Its fully padded seat is accompanied by a metal frame backrest that supports the original weave, creating a special play of fullness and emptiness. The large weave pattern, made of tortora coloured twisted polyethylene fibres, makes the design unique, respecting the designer’s idea of lightness, transparency and puts the furnishings in an open “dialogue” with the surrounding environment. Fat-Sofa Outdoor consists of six types, ranging from the linear sofa (230 cm) to a large relax island, from two height variants of the armchair to a range of different sizes of ottomans. The new collection of fabrics, available also on the large back cushions, creates evocative colour and visual combination.