The Worker
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The Worker

We drop into the Milanese studio of Italian architect and designer Piero Lissoni to find out about the latest furniture piece he has created for B&B Italia, and gleaned some valuable insights into his success.

Low Shi Ping

You’ve just unveiled The Dock for B&B Italia at the Milan Furniture Fair. Please describe it.

I don’t know if it’s a sofa or a platform. It has 85 modular components – from armrests to cushions and detachable side tables – that can be used to create everything from a classical sofa, to something more informal. The idea was to design a platform like an island with a versatile functionality. On The Dock, you can do many different things like watch television, work, read, eat – the possibilities are endless. You can also have it without legs, so it sits on the floor like a tatami bed. The most important thing was to design a new ambience around the sofa.

What inspired The Dock?

I don’t want to call it inspiration, it sounds too holy. In my life, I have never woken up in the morning with a very good idea. It’s a constant discussion with the clients. With the team at B&B Italia, we knew that when we started the project more than two years ago, we wanted to reinterpret the sofa. How do we give it new life? If I had a choice, I would continue improving on The Dock. Luckily for me, someone in the factory said, “Game over”. So I had to stop and let it go into production.


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