Quality lies at the heart of B&B Italia’s vision: it encapsulates its mission to provide long-lasting value for clients; it represents a commitment to excellence all along the value chain; it drives B&B Italia’s approach to suppliers’ relations, inspired by trust, collaboration, and innovation.
The quest for innovation, research, and excellence provides the foundation for all B&B Italia’s activities, and from the outset these have been linked to our commitment to civil society’s fundamental values: respect for the environment and observance of ethical principles. The determination to pursue these objectives is expressed in our corporate culture, in the relations both with institutions and with the company’s partners all along the chain of production.
The continuous and full implementation of the Quality Management Systems is the key instrument to meet all statutory and regulatory requirements and standards applicable at the Group’s export destinations. B&B Italia’s products meet all relevant legal requirements, including European and US laws and regulations. Across the product life cycle, all categories are assessed with respect to health and safety impacts and in terms of compliance with applicable regulations with the support of leading Italian and international test laboratories.
Over the years, the continuous quest for excellence and innovation, complemented by wholehearted attention to quality and sustainability, has led to enhancing our focus on sustainable products. Thus, in 2019 B&B Italia continued to work on the inclusion of circular economy design principles in our production processes, introducing products characterised by superior recyclability and disassembly properties.
Assessing products' circularity
NPS results and recommandability
BOREA by Piero Lissoni: sustainability, innovation & design
We often think of design objects as products of a designer’s brilliant mind and the skilled hands of those who make them. We are aware that objects are part of a cycle, our lives and the environment.
B&B Italia works constantly to develop projects that increasingly consider the product’s entire life cycle, which starts from the designer’s idea, passes through the choice of materials and production, and ends with the user’s experience. But right from the start it looks ahead to the life cycle’s end, and the recovery and disposal of the materials that make up the product.
In this perspective, Borea is an eco-design collection with exceptional design, comfort, durability and circularity features. It uses recycled and recyclable materials, which can be separated so that, at the end of its life cycle, depending on the material, each individual element can be recovered or disposed of properly.
The circular economy thus becomes a sustainability paradigm - it is not an abstract philosophy, but a new concept for the design of industrial processes.
Sofas, armchairs, dining chairs
The starting point of the seating collection are lightweight tubular aluminium structures that combine a fluid, continuous design with functionality and sustainability.
Aluminium is a sustainable choice because it is extremely strong and durable and entirely and easily recyclable, thus infinitely reusable to create new products every time.
Aluminium’s lightness combined with a well thought-out design allows the structures to be easily stacked so that they can be stored during winter in the smallest space. It is possible to stack up to three armchairs, three two-seater sofas, three three-seater sofas and six dining chairs.
The cushions are designed with sustainability in mind. They are made of polyester fibre obtained from recycled PET plastic bottles.
Recycling 1 kg of PET produces 930 g of new material, a fibre with exceptional softness, elasticity and durability, which is entirely sustainable and circular as it is fully recycled and recyclable.
The recycled polyester fibre is used for the upholstery, its covers’ waterproof canvas and the yarn used for the stitching and zips.
The seat cushion is completed by a polyurethane section with differentiated density to increase its support capacity. At the end of the product’s life cycle, this section can be easily separated and disposed of.
280 1500 ml plastic bottles are used to create the upholstery for an armchair, 390 for a two-seater sofa, 510 for a three-seater sofa.
From recycled plastic to Borea’s new eco-material: the six processing steps
01 - Collection
Used plastic bottles are collected and directed to the most suitable recovery treatment.
02 – Sorting
The bottles are sorted and washed to remove impurities, labels and glue residues. They are arranged by polymer type and colour and prepared for the next steps.
03 - Grinding and processing
The bottles are ground and flaked. This process produces PET granules which are depolymerised into their original components and converted into a new raw material (polyester).
04 - New material
This fully recycled material is then extruded, drawn, carded to become microfibre and textured to become yarn.
05 - Processing
The products obtained from the PET recycling chain were used by B&B Italia for Borea’s upholstery, its covers’ fabric, sewing yarn, and the product’s identification labels.
06 - New product
The result is an eco-design product with exceptional performance, cutting-edge and environmentally friendly.
The attention on the use of innovative recycled materials can be seen in the enamelled lava stone tops used for the tables. The stone, extracted from quarries on the Etna slopes, is handcrafted by repeating the melting process of the raw material. Using a special furnace that reaches a temperature of about 1300° C, the stone is brought back to its original magma stage, and large slabs are made into the tiles that make up the tops. The surface is then glazed using an exclusive production process that uses a special “eco glass recycled” material obtained by crushing and grinding the glass from discarded monitors and PCs.
The system designed in 1970, makes its comeback 50 years later, speaking a contemporary language, between structural solutions and sustainable choices.
The “sandwich” structure of Camaleonda is made up of recycled or recyclable materials that can be easily disassembled. The seat, backrest and armrests and bases are made of FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) wooden panels. The sofa rests on the floor on a series of spherical feet are also made of FSC® certified beech wood.
The padding of the seat, the backrests and the armrests are made of polyurethane in various levels of density and firmness. The highest degree of complexity lies in the seat, where elements are shaped and assembled to allow every layer to interact, at the same time guaranteeing a high level of comfort. The various layers generate empty spaces or pockets designed to create a comfortable spring effect. The engineering and composition of the seat allows the interior elements of the sofa to be disassembled and therefore easily recyclable.
The padding is protected by a removable cover made of a recycled polyester fabric that is entirely made of recycled PET, the same material used to manufacture plastic water bottles.