This was the first time that Patricia decided to design an ultra-decorative, handmade collection (“it takes four hours for two craftsmen to put the interlacing on the structure.”). It is (apparently) in contrast with the other B&B Italia products, which are strongly recognised for being pure examples of industrial design.
The inspiration? A wicker basket in the Far East: Patricia Urquiola started working on the weave of Canasta (basket in Spanish) while out in the Far East. To find the perfect weave, the designer reinterpreted the traditional design of the octagonal holes in Viennese cane, mixed two patterns to transform the product into the macro-pattern of Canasta and create a series of outdoor sofas that look classic but have contemporary adaptability. In fact, the play between classic and contemporary is not a new idea: the Viennese cane inspiration is retro, and the polyethylene texture speaks today’s language.
Patricia explains: “For me, Canasta is the image of a pattern. It doesn’t want to imitate nature. Even though a sort of crystallised natural pattern shows up in the tiles decorating the tables and accessories. Moreover, I designed enveloping shapes that give the idea of protection. And I studied new forms of ergonomics to satisfy every moment of a day spent outdoors.”
The result is a series of poetic but current objects: armchairs, sofas, round sofas, chairs, tables and complements that have become iconic pieces of contemporary design.
A family of seating featuring a maxi-interlacing of polyethylene fibre ribbon in white. There are many typologies: chairs, circular and linear sofas, armchairs and service elements that have exclusive fabric covers in the variations of plain colour, mélange and multi-coloured design. All these very comfortable seating have frames in aluminium with weather resistant polyester powder painting. They are available in the colours white with interlacing in polyethylene fibre in the same colour as the frames. The circular seat can also be fitted with a light foldable canopy that reduces the passage of sunlight by up to 92%. The seat can also have a swivel base that rotates 360°. The Canasta collection includes tables and service elements in different sizes. The tables frames are in aluminium and the service elements frames are in steel. Both frames are painted with weather resistant polyester powder). The tops are covered with exclusive tiles with decorative patterns.
polyester powder painting
shaped polyurethane, cover in water repellent polyester fibre
polyester on synthetic support
fabric in limited categories