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Billiani on the anatomy of a chair

Built on a foundation of family and quality, Billiani has been crafting fine furniture for over 100 years. But what does Billiani define as a fine piece of furniture?

Founded in Manzano, Italy in 1911, Billiani has always worked with wood. Right from the very beginning, the fine grains and warm quality of timber have always been at the core of the company.

From father to son, the master woodworkers behind the company have continued to develop contemporary furniture for the world.


For Billiani, a chair is more than an object. It should be a thing of beauty in its form and design, but it is so much more than that. Sitting down creates space, not just physical space, but space in the mind to think. Sitting helps us understand better, we think even better. Sitting is also the time for eating, designing, discussing, planning.

In this sense, the chair is the tool that facilitates so much more beyond what the object merely is. It is this reverence for what the chair can create that Billiani works towards.

“When we make a chair, we are doing what we love doing. We call all this beauty.” These are strong words to work by but showcase the foundation of the century-old company.

Never ones to remain idle, over the years Billiani has continued to take inspiration from the fashion, art, architecture and changing lifestyles. These influences have enriched the ranges, always finding a balance between creativity and practicality.

After all, a chair should both fulfil a purpose and be beautiful. All Billiani pieces are designed with graceful gestures, accuracy and authenticity.

A true appreciation for craft, a belief that a chair is more than an object, and always adapting to changing lifestyles – it is through this approach to making furniture that Billiani forms the anatomy of its furniture.

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