Piero Busnelli, founder of furniture manufacturer B&B Italia
, died on Jan. 25. He was 87.
Busnelli launched C&B with Cesare Cassina in 1966, partnering with the likes of designers Afra and Tobia Scarpa and Mario Bellini as he introduced cold polyurethane foam molding in the production of furnishings. In 1973, the company transitioned to B&B Italia as product selections and accolades grew.
Throughout the years, he continued to collaborate with a new generation of designers—among them Patricia Urquiola, Naoto Fukasawa, and Antonio Citterio—to develop iconic piece such as Sisamo, Sity, Domus, and Charles. B&B Italia won four Compasso d’Oro Awards, including one to the company itself “for the constant work of integration carried out in order to combine the values of scientific and technological research with those necessary to the functionality and expressiveness of its products.”
The company is managed by the second generation of the family as they build upon Butnelli’s legacy of embracing technology, partnering with designers, and looking toward the future.