Metropolitan by B&B Italia



Designer Jeffrey Bernett
Launched in 2003
Architonic id 1027893

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Seats that flow uninterrupted into the armrests are the hallmark of a small armchair and a relax armchair. The small armchair on a revolving aluminium base with four spokes looks inviting and refined from any direction, so it can be placed both at home and in public spots. The relax armchair, which also revolves and is complete with an ottoman, is larger and more comfortable thanks to a headrest with a magnetic adjustment system. It is available with two different bases, one in aluminium with spokes, the other consisting of a disk.

Internal frame: tubulars and steel profiles
Internal frame upholstery: Bayfit® (Bayer®) cold shaped polyurethane foam, polyester fibre cover
Headrest cushion upholstery: shaped polyurethane, polyester fibre, magnets
Seat cushions upholstery: shaped polyurethane, polyester fibre
Support structure for : bright brushed or black varnished aluminium
Ferrules: plastic material
Cover: fabric or leather

What happens when a successful product decides to reveal a new trait? Twelve years ago the armchair METROPOLITAN was presented and adopted not only by the domestic market but also by the Contract sector. Since “design, like cinema, art and architecture, is a series of mirrors and lenses that records the changes in progress,” to quote Jeffrey Bernett, it is natural to re-interpret the evolution of an object over a longer period of time. “It is an interesting challenge that allows exploring the changes, what we have learnt in the process and what new issues can be solved.” Hence, in both versions of 2014, either with a low back or a high back acting as headrest, the volumes have become thinner, the surfaces have enhanced their flowing design, tailored seams highlight certain crucial areas and the seat cushion, which is not detached anymore, is fully integrated. The seat’s profile seems to draw a “smile” in contemporary jargon, an invitation to sit down and enjoy a moment’s rest. Hence, the high version offers a haven both for those who want to sever contacts with the world for a moment and for those who wish to interact from a comfortable position. Both are swivel armchairs completed with a footstool.

Designer: Jeffrey Bernett

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