Billiani has been making chairs in Italy for well over a hundred years together with the most brilliant minds of Italian and international design. Good design and woodworking ability have always been the hallmark of Billiani products, but it is only since 1997 that they have started to talk about design in concreete terms.

The partnership with Emilio Nanni opened up a new era: colourful, trendy, carefree. The list of designers grew – Francesco Faccin, Harri Koskinen, Michael Geldmacher… – as did the list of projects, some of which were exhibited in museums, from the MoMA in New York to the Milan Triennale. In 2019 artistic direction was entrusted to Cristina Celestino: the image has become warmer and more sophisticated, with new colours and fabrics. The chair remained central as well as wood, the leitmotif of the collection.

Billiani is characterized by a border crossing that was to become so very influential, a key to design, straddling tradition and experimentation; for production, whether on a small or industrial scale, for the products themselves, the applications of which overlap in contract and residential settings.