+ Dressing Room
By AnnMarie Martin | Photography by Scott G. Morris, SGM Photography
You don’t get much closer to furniture couture than B&B Italia. Over the past 50 years they’ve employed many of the greats to bring the intricate details and craftsmanship required of that level of design, tailored to a client’s lifestyle. The legendary
Antonio Citterio is one of them—the man responsible for translating the
Italian jewelry and watch brand Bulgari into a line of highly successful hotels.
So it was apropos that he would bring a level of luxury to an area
often neglected: the closet.
Tara Benet of Tara Benet Interior Design talked us through not just
the evolution of this brand and its influence on her career when we
met up at their East 58th Street location, but also introduced us to
Backstage: a wardrobe system designed by Citterio for B&B Italia that
serves as a shining example of their future.
“I love how everything is lit,” Benet said of the showroom. “My clients are always asking me for everything to be
viewed easily.” Certainly not a problem as we sifted through
surfacing, fabric, and leather options flooded by not just the
spotlights overhead but also the sunlight from a banquette of
windows overlooking the Bloomberg building across the way.
These samples are offerings she is quite familiar with as Benet
has been specifying B&B Italia since the beginning of her
career eight years ago. It’s the level of detail from bronzed
nickel finishes to hand-stitched leather that always keeps her
coming back for more.