Ribes is a modular seating system that focuses on versatility, customisation, colour and research into materials. Sofas, central and end elements, chaise longues and ottomans all come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes that lend themselves to being arranged in an outdoor space according to personal taste thanks to the exceptional versatility of the modular components and the availability of a vast rage of covers and finishes. The starting point is a futon base with flexible glass fibre slats resting on an aluminium frame to which two types of armrest or backrest can be attached as desired: one with a polypropylene fibre interlacing, the other with a roller cushion. On top are seat cushions intended as comfortable mattresses to stretch out on and several shapes of back and armrest cushion, all containing a new upholstery giving Ribes a particularly lived-in and soft look. Because it is so versatile, Ribes can also be reconfigured over time by adding new elements, as well as by altering the functional use of existing ones. By substituting, adding or varying the position of the back and armrests, a sommier can turn into a vis-à-vis sofa, a sofa can become an island, and a corner seating plan can transform into a comfortable bed. Ribes means transformation and is especially suited to those areas that are neither inside nor outside: verandas, shady patios, under a loggia or on a covered terrace, allowing a fluid approach to the open spaces in the home.
die-cast aluminium and extrusions with polyester powder painting
Back and roller upholstery
ecogreen (polyethylene and polyester blend),cover in water repellent polyester fibre
shaped polyurethane, ecogreen (polyethylene and polyester blend), cover in water repellent polyester fibre
polypropylene fibre braid
Seat top section
Waterproof cover cloth
PES fabric coated on one side in PU
fabric in limited categories (with profile)
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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.