The Charles Large modular sofa is an exceptionally comfortable seat with a fabric or leather cover. Airy and light in shape, it develops the idea of the sofa as a welcoming shelter where you can also lie down. The project reinterprets and enriches the Charles system, a long-standing best seller of B&B Italia, with a version with a wider depth. The project’s striking features remain the essential design of the die-cast aluminium feet in the shape of an inverted “L”, the single seat cushion, and the free back cushions.
The name? Charles is a tribute to the design of the 1950s and 60s. The name refers obviously to Charles Eames, the American designer, architect and film director who always sustained that “The details are not the details. They make the design” They are actually elements that make design meaningful. This concept is enough to tell the story of Charles, B&B Italia's longest and best seller, and the design strength shows in the details: the upside-down L foot and the slender raised base both confer an image of lightness to the sofa.
A leading piece in contemporary lifestyle, it became a reference model in the world of design. The light image accentuated by the essential design of the die-cast aluminium feet make Charles into a sofa with a decidedly contemporary look, a product of great formal elegance that goes well beyond the current times and fashions. The spatial concept behind the project by Antonio Citterio is innovative: a system that can be used to create new compositions - two or three seat sofas, sofas with a chaise longue addition and a corner sofa. The line also includes a broad selection of modular elements to satisfy any furnishing need, including the most personal desire for comfort.
tubular steel and steel profiles
Internal frame upholstery
Bayfit® flexible cold shaped polyurethane foam, polyester fibre cover
Seat cushion upholstery (home)
shaped polyurethane of different density, sterilized down, polyester fibre cover
Seat cushion upholstery (public spaces)
shaped polyurethane of different density, polyester fibre, polyester fibre cover
Back cushion (CH48_C-CH72_C)
polyester fibre, box style typology
fabric or leather
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Antonio Citterio was born in Meda (Milano) in 1950, and started his design office in 1972, graduating in architecture at the Politecnico di Milano in 1975. Between 1987 and 1996 he worked in association with Terry Dwan and, together, they designed buildings in Europe and Japan.
In 2000, with Patricia Viel, he founded a practice for architecture and interior design, developing international complex long-term projects, at all scales and in synergy with a qualified network of specialist consultants. The studio has today taken the name of "Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel". Antonio Citterio currently works in the industrial design sector with numerous Italian and foreign companies. In 1987 and in 1994 he was awarded the Compasso d’Oro-ADI. From 2006 to 2016 he has been professor of Architectural Design at the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture (Switzerland). In 2008 he was honoured by the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce of London, which gave him the title of “Royal Designer for Industry”.
Antonio Citterio is art director of Maxalto, Arclinea and Azucena.