Bibi | Armchair

Doriana Mandrelli and Massimiliano Fuksas

BiBi is a high-tech seating system. Exuding formal and structural simplicity, the BiBi chairs open and close like treasure chests. Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas envisaged a futuristic seat that can be used “closed”, almost like a cushion, or “open”, like a regular chair. 


The frame of the BiBi chair is made from tubular and laser-shaped metal. Cold-pressed moulded polyurethane foam padding to guarantee absolute comfort and prevent deformation. A low voltage electric motor opens the backrest, which can be controlled by single commands located on the base or using the main control panel. In this way, sectors, rows and various opening settings can be controlled directly by computer systems. BiBi can be personalised with two-tone upholstery and the manual opening of the backrest. Upholstery in Pelle Frau® leather from the Color System using traditional upholstery methods and invisible riveting.

Designed by
Doriana Mandrelli and Massimiliano Fuksas

The professional work of the Fuksas studio started in 1967 with the opening of its first offices in Rome. It became well-known in France, where in 1989 it opened its second studio in Paris with Doriana O. Mandrelli; in 2002 its third opened in Frankfurt. The work of the studio involves various departments according to a multidisciplinary international profile: architecture, art, town planning, landscape and since 1997 design, a section directed by Doriana O. Mandrelli Fuksas. Among the most recent projects of the studio are: the New Rho-Pero Exhibition centre in Milan, the ZENITH music hall in Strasbourg and for design, the BIBI seating for Poltrona Frau.


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