Crinoline Armchair

Designed by Patricia Urquiola

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Can you picture the dresses that women wore in the 1800s? Full, bell-shaped skirts held by crinolines (rigid underskirt garments) were scenic “micro-architectures” commonly seen in living rooms everywhere.

The triumph of Romanticism is seen in the

Can you picture the dresses that women wore in the 1800s? Full, bell-shaped skirts held by crinolines (rigid underskirt garments) were spectacular “micro-architectures” commonly seen in living rooms everywhere.

All of the chairs in the Crinoline collection are designed to reflect this elegant look: the wide curve of the base is repeated in the seat and the curve of the backrest.

“The curved part gives it a double-shell silhouette,” said Patricia when describing the soft lines of the series. Crinoline outdoor chairs and armchairs are comfortable, feminine and romantic.

Crinoline is an innovation in taste. An opening. A product that encloses all of the sensitivity of a team working in collaboration with the B&B Italia Research and Development Centre. We left from Italy for the Far East with an aluminium structure: light, recyclable, resistant, completely rustproof and therefore perfect for outdoor use, and everything concerning the weave was changed. The creative process took shape through comparisons with the strengths and weaknesses of manual techniques and love for these traditional arts. Expert weavers tried time and again, but the perfect result escaped us. The woven cover of Crinoline emerged like the Arianna’s cloth: “I gave birth to it with the people who were working on it with me,” said Patricia. As a result, it is a collation of codes and languages. The 1800s, digital information, technology and hand crafted excellence.

Armchairs, small armchairs, chairs and a stool are designed in several different shapes and heights. The polyethylene fibre interlacing are joined by natural or bronze abaca. The weave is made out of abaca fibre: being a natural material, the product is suitable for indoors, covered outdoor spaces or verandas. The table reflects the style of the Crinoline series, with a curved shape like the seats and the interlacing in polyethylene fibre. The base is made of two connected elements that create a chalice shape that supports the tops, which are made of white glass or white full color HPL laminate with milled grooves in a radial pattern. This last version is designed to hold a beach umbrella in the centre.

Technical information

black, white or tortora polyester powder painted aluminium

Seat and back frame: 
tortora, black or white polyester powder painted aluminium

Seat cushion: 
shaped polyurethane, cover in water repellent polyester fibre

white-black, bronze-black, tortora polyethylene, natural or grey abaca

thermoplastic material

Cover cloth: 
polyester on synthetic support

fabric in limited categories

Additional information