"Most of the time, design is made up of details," said Antonio Citterio, "mainly for upholstered furnishings, where design has become a question of sensitivity."
Harry is named after Harry Bertoia, one of the grand masters of design, in line with Antonio Citterio's decision to consistently name his creations after famous designers from the past. It is a sofa that opened a new path in the sector, attributing value to the apparent simplicity of the formal appearance while calling attention and recognition to the furniture foot.
Harry was created in 1995 after a detail was modified. But let's let the designer tell that story. "Harry emerged after a series of products connected with tradition. I was convinced that that family of sofas didn't work because something was missing. It needed some sort of thing to draw it into modernity. This is important because, even if nobody knows, 'Harry' is the same product with one detail modified: the aluminium foot. It's a small detail that conveyed a certain sense of lightness, that allowed us to transform the approach from a product bound to tradition to a decidedly modern product. And that was all it took for it to become successful. However, Harry was also proof of the equilibrium that had been established between the project and its industrial development, and between the designer and the B&B Italia Centro Ricerche. My designs are almost simple sketches that express an idea. I depend on the dialogue and story telling with the research and development department to do the rest."
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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.