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Tufty-Time

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Tufty-Time

Patricia Urquiola

Sofas

Description

The Tufty-Time sofa series, one of B&B Italia’s most consolidated successes, finds effective answers to the themes of modularity, comfort and removable covers. The Tufty-Time modular system starts with an ottoman as the basic piece, which is then accompanied by central, corner and terminal elements with a low or high armrest. The elements are used to invent traditional sofas, sofas with chaise longue, corner sofas and island elements that provide a 360° seating solution. Cosy in its more accentuated depth, Tufty-Time becomes a meeting place, a welcoming refuge where people can just relax. With its fabric or leather upholstery, Tufty-Time offers a more contemporary take on the traditional Chesterfield and capitonné sofas, with a freer and more informal lifestyle.

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Concept

It was 2005 and the designer said: “I wanted to revisit capitonnè and Chesterfield types of sofas, while paying special attention to the new interpretations made in the 1960s and ‘70s, which I have great regard for.”

Tufty–Time has achieved its goal by contaminating conventional sofa types with a free and casual lifestyle that is mirrored by highly versatile layouts. This modular system starts with an ottoman as the basic piece, which is then accompanied by central, corner and terminal elements with a low or high armrest. The elements are used to invent traditional sofas, sofas with chaise longue, corner sofas and island elements that provide a 360° seating solution. Cosy in its more accentuated depth, Tufty–Time becomes a meeting place, a welcoming refuge where people can just relax.

Hence the creation of one of the Company's most successful items. It is not merely inspired by the past but, instead, offers an excellent solution for themes such as modular elements, comfort and removable covers, which have been solved with an innovative spirit.

Technical information

Internal frame 
tubular steel and steel profiles

Internal frame upholstery 
Bayfit® flexible cold shaped polyurethane foam, polyester fibre cover

Back cushion (T60_C)
down feather and polyester fibre, pillow style typology

Feet 
thermoplastic material

Cover 
fabric or leather

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Designer

Patricia Urquiola

Patricia Urquiola studied architecture and design at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and completed her studies at the Politecnico di Milano where she graduated under the mentorship of Achille Castiglioni. In Spain, she was awarded the Golden Medal for Merits in Art and received the Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic.

In 2001 she founded her own studio where she specialised in industrial product design, architecture (hotel trade, retail, homes, exhibitions and installations), art direction and strategy consulting. She works with important design companies and international groups, and is part of the advisory board of the Politecnico of Milan university and the Triennale Milano Design Museum. She taught the master’s degree in Interior Design at the Domus Academy in Milan (2013-2015) and has given lectures at prestigious international universities.

She has also given talks at countless cultural events and her work is exhibited in many art and design museums across the world, including the MOMA in New York, the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, the Triennale Museum in Milan, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, to name a few. She has been named Designer of the Year by many international magazines.

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