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Happy birthday, Doll

In 2010 Doll was Emilio Nanni‘s first project for Billiani, starting a prolific collaboration between the architect-cum-artist from Bologna and the manufacturer from north-eastern Italy. In the Doll wooden chair, essentiality is expressed through grace and softness.

“Evaluating a first draft with a designer like Nanni and developing it by making a technical contribution in the choice of the structural componentry, which fulfils its vital function, was a winning process, which led to Doll becoming Billiani’s best-seller.” These are the words of Luigi Billiani, who, at the 2020 Stockholm Furniture Fair, celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Doll family together with the public and trade professionals.

Doll made its first entry into the world of design at the 49th Milan International Furniture Fair, proposed in the original version, in beechwood, and with a stackable metal frame. It immediately wowed with its generous seatthe balanced splay of the rear legs and the exceptional proportion of the backrest, which together create the Scandinavian shape strongly desired by its designer.

The apparent simplicity of the product conceals delightful execution techniques, such as the dovetail joints that join the back to the rear legs, or the perfectly dried steam-bent tresses, which lighten the whole without compromising solidity and comfort.

Evolved over time into a complete collection that also includes arm and lounge chairsbarstoolsdining and coffee tables, Doll is a chameleon-like chair, capable of changing style according to context thanks to the wide range of colours and the variety of fabrics available for the upholstered version.