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Charles Outdoor

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Charles Outdoor

Antonio Citterio

Sofas

Description

The outdoor version of the Charles sofa system - a long-time bestseller for B&B Italia - preserves the quality of the interior design project and the characteristics that made it a classic of pure contemporary taste. Indeed, the system features the same slim frame, flexibility and signature design of the inverted “L” shaped feet. With its rigorous, timeless aesthetic, it stands out for its lightweight internal aluminium frame and an external surface created by an open interlacing polypropylene ribbon.
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Why the name? Antonio Citterio chose it as a tribute to Charles Eames. The American designer, architect and film director has always maintained that details are not really just details. They are the very things that make or break design. This statement is enough to introduce Charles, a long- and best-selling product from B&B Italia, in which design is clearly stated in the details. From the upside-down L-shaped feet to the thin, raised base.  There are two versions for In & Outdoor.

The outdoor version maintains the quality of a project for indoors. The core is in light, solid aluminium, and the exterior surface is a polypropylene tape woven with an orthogonal pattern. The result: Charles Outdoor, a seating system with timeless elegance.

Technical information

Internal frame 
tubular aluminium and aluminium profiles

Interlacing 
polypropylene fibre

Seat cushion 
shaped polyurethane, cover in water repellent polyester fibre

Back cushion 
polyester fibre, cover in water repellent polyester fibre

Feet 
die-cast aluminium with polyester powder painting

Ferrules 
thermoplastic material

Waterproof cover cloth 
PES fabric coated on one side in PU

Cover 
fabric in limited categories

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Designer

Antonio Citterio

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.

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