Designed by Carlo Mollino, 1954
Frame in Canaletto walnut-dyed ash. Bronzedbrass hardware. Four-position adjustable seat. Upholstery in polyurethane/heat-bound polyester fibre with suspension on steel springs. Removable fabric cover.
Paul is a seating system with elegant proportions and reassuring lines. A lightweight image, marked with distinctive double stitching and accentuated by the essential design of the die-cast aluminium feet. Elements with a generous width complete the system to guarantee comfortable seating with a welcoming and luxurious look.
The components are characterized by a simple design of reduced thickness that offers specific details and a wide array of materials and finishes. The table tops range from the reflections of glass to compact marbles onto the different grains and colours of wood: available in quick ship program the rectangular version 250 cm, with glossy frisé eucalypt top and black chrome die-cast aluminium base.
Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby first project for B&B Italia was Tobi-Ishi, a round dining table clearly inspired by Zen. The design duo are great enthusiasts of Japanese art and culture and the name and concept for this table came from the smooth stones (tobi-ishi) used as ornaments in traditional Japanese Zen gardens. The overhang of the table and the vertical trapezoidal bases set at right angles generate an essential sculptural figure that appears to change shape depending on the point of observation.
The design allows both an erect and a more relaxed position by resting on one of the wings of the armrest. The formal balance results from the constant thickness of the body and by the profile of the seat, which is sinuous at the top and ends in the light steel frame. Its removable covers have metal zips on the back, which becomes a decorative motif.