B&B Italia furniture by Monica Armani nods to Jackie O
Inspired by 1960s glamour, Monica Armani’s latest designs for B&B Italia combine luxury, harmony and balance
The Trento-based Italian architect and designer Monica Armani looked back in time to a particularly glitzy period to create her new family of ‘Allure O’ tables and small ‘Flair O’ armchair, seen here ahead of their presentation at Salone del Mobile. The designs’ ‘light, precise, harmonious and lasting volumes evoke the fantastic glamour of the 1960s’, and as their names suggest, one of the decade’s most famous style icons, Jackie O.
‘I love her glamorous style; it’s always precise, never excessive,’ explains Armani. ‘She’s the interpreter of what I consider true luxury: the search for detail, harmony and balance.’ Recalling the elliptical geometric shapes of the designer’s 2017 ‘Madison’ mirror, itself inspired by Jackie O’s signature sunglasses, the new series of tables and armchair feature similarly graceful and sinuous lines.
Made in Italy, the ‘Allure O’ is available with a square or rectangular top, both with bevelled edges, which sit on a perfectly proportioned truncated pyramid base. Each design comes in two sizes, and is available in either solid light and black oak, as well as a variety of glossy and matt painted finishes in 18 different shades. If you’re feeling particularly groovy, you could also mix and match finishes to create a design with a contrasting top and base; or else, you could enhance the top with a slab of Carrara white marble, Marquina black marble or black glass.
Along with ‘Allure O’ comes the matching ‘Flair O’ armchair, which features the same truncated cone base and rounded edges, and can be upholstered in any of the myriad fabrics in the B&B Italia collection. This upholstery embraces the ‘Flair O’ like a tailored suit, covering it completely from the seat to the base. The swivel chair also boasts an automatic return mechanism that will make it go back to its original position as soon as someone gets up from the chair.
‘I dream of having dinner on a total black “Allure O” with a Marquina marble top, in a penthouse overlooking the city skyline, with a perfect and coordinated mise en place, sipping a glass of Ferrari Trento DOC and enjoying a big white fish in salt,’ says Armani. Sounds like the ideal night in. §