Inside the Tortello Sofa’s Playful, Pasta-Inspired Design

The Tortello sofa by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby for B&B Italia.


May 18, 2023

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, the British design duo, have collaborated with B&B Italia for ten years—but it wasn’t until the Tortello that they created a sofa with them. The Tortello collection consists of a sofa and armchair with a striking resemblance to stuffed pasta. “The informal shape offers different seating positions and makes Tortello a centrepiece,” explain Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.

The pieces are made from recycled polyethylene, formed through rotational molding and finished with ‘pinched’ stitching. These materials and construction methods were chosen deliberately to allow for easy disassembly without the need for adhesives or glues, making recycling an option when it’s time to say goodbye to the furniture.

Designer Piero Lissoni curated B&B Italia’s showroom for Milan Design Week

During Milan Design Week, the release of the Tortello chair and sofa took place at the B&B Italia showroom. Designer Piero Lissoni curated the showroom’s ambiance, adopting essential graphics and primary colors that seamlessly transformed into three-dimensional geometric solids to define the space.

The Dambo sofa by Piero Lissoni

Among the other standout pieces were the Dambo sofa system by Piero Lissoni, which reimagines the way we sit with its modular design. The irregular pentagons and rectangular modules allow for endless compositions that “suggest a new way of sitting, a system of large islands. It is very technological, we have cleaned it of everything that is not needed, it can be completely disassembled, and we have also added a few surprises in the construction of the cushions—which of course I cannot reveal to you,” Piero says.