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B&B Italia’s Up5 armchair – a 1960s classic

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Almost 40 years and the Up5 armchair by B&B Italia is still years ahead of the game.

Designed in 1969 by avant garde Italian architect Gaetano Pesce, it was originally intended as a form of flat pack furniture, with the vacuum-packed item would spring to life when the package was opened.

These days, the Up5 and its ball-shaped Ottoman are made from shaped polyurethane foam, then covered in a fabric of your choice, selling for a very non-flatpack price of £1,500 upwards. But if you want something a bit cheaper, other items in the Up range start at £300.

Find out more at the Utility Design website

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