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Bocca Sofa

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First imagined as a statement piece for an upscale fitness center in Milan, the lip-shaped Bocca sofa — designed by Studio 65 architect Franco Audrito (b. 1943) in 1970 — has a delightfully dizzying history. 

The piece was inspired by an erotic, ruby-red-colored life-size sculpture that surrealist artist Salvador Dalí crafted of pioneering performer and writer Mae West’s famously full lips. But the origins of Dalí’s provocative sculpture, commissioned in the 1930s by the artist’s British patron Edward James, lie in Dalí’s collage Mae West’s Face which May be Used as a Surrealist Apartment, a mixed-media work based on a portrait of West that the artist found in a magazine. 

As part of the fitness center that Audrito was designing, the “lips sofa” he wanted to include would be part of a “Temple of Beauty,” and the architect initially called it “Marilyn” for Marilyn Monroe as well as for Marilyn Garosci, the facility’s owner. It was later renamed Bocca (“mouth” in Spanish) to pay homage to its Dalí roots.

The sofa was manufactured by Gufram, an Italian furniture company founded in 1966 that is renowned for its pursuit of bold, cutting-edge pieces that blur the line between art and design, function and form. Sensual and playful, the Bocca sofa embodies that creative quest. 

Since 1970, the Bocca has been used as a prop in television, film and more, and is celebrated all over the world. It’s included in the permanent collections of a number of museums. Today, two versions of the sofa that differ slightly from one another with respect to materials are manufactured by Gufram (polyurethane and elastic fabric) and Heller (resin polymer plastic).

Studio 65 Bocca Sofa

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GUFRAMINI Little Bocca Miniature by Studio 65
By Gufram Furniture, Studio 65
Located in La Morra, Cuneo
The little Bocca, drawing from the exact proportions of the original version, maintains the sinuous feel and sensuality of a woman’s lips, exactly as intended by Studio65 which designed it in 1970. But, unlike her big sister, she has decided to get rid of her fabric dress and be coated just like her other two little friends. This visionary and glamorous sofa has inspired artists and photographers as a much-photographed protagonist and the centre of attention in exhibitions all over the world. Now, it will become a sassy accessory in the most cutting-edge homes. As if in a fairy tale, the Gufram icons have become smaller and have now turned into Guframini! The most radical Italian design...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Models and Miniatures

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Foam

Estudio '65 Gufram Bocca
By Studio 65
Located in MADRID, ES
Estudio '65 Gufram Prototipo realizado por Studio 65 para la línea Studio 65-Gufram Multipli. 1970 aprox. Certificado de Autenticidad Arq. Ana María Rachetta. Bibliografía: María Cri...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Post-Modern Settees

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Fabric, Foam

“Bocca” Sofa by Studio 65 for Edra, Italy, 1999
By Studio 65, Edra
Located in Amsterdam, NL
A 1990s “Bocca” sofa designed by Studio 65 and manufactured by Edra in Italy. The Bocca Sofa, also known as the Lips Sofa, is a design icon that has gained international fame for ...
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1990s Italian Sofas

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GUFRAM Bocca Couch in Fire Red by Studio 65
By Gufram Furniture, Studio 65
Located in La Morra, Cuneo
Bocca, the original 1970 lips-shaped couch is only Gufram's. This sensual couch, which is ideal for a tête-à-tête, has entered the collective imagination on par with Andy Warhol's works, as well as other pop art masterpieces...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Sofas

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Other

Iconic Studio 65 'Bocca' Lip Sofa in Red Upholstery
By Studio 65, Edra
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Studio 65 for Edra, sofa model 'Bocca', red fabric, metal frame, foam, Italy, design 1972, manufactured 1999 The Studio 65 'Bocca' sofa by Gufram is an icon of postmodern furniture design. Studio 65 created this special shaped sofa as an hommage to Salvador Dalí's sofa from 1930. Dalí attributed the sofa to Mae West whereas Studio 65 attributed it to Marilyn Monroe. This edition is for Edra, and has only been produced for a short period between 1999-2000. In postwar Italy, Studio 65 was founded in 1965 by the architecture students Franco Audrito and Piero Gatti...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Post-Modern Sofas

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Limited Edition Gufram Bocca Sofa by Studio 65
By Studio 65, Gufram Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Born to satisfy the demand of a private customer, it’s been featured since then on dedicated - but not only - magazine covers, and it is still displayed in the most unconventional ho...
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2010s Italian Sofas

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Wool

Gufram Special Colors Bocca Unlimited by Studio 65
By Studio 65, Gufram Furniture
Located in La Morra, Cuneo
On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, Bocca revolutionizes its image: 25 new colors dye Gufram’s iconic lips, which for the occasion are dressed up in an unprecedented, more mater...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Sofas

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Wool

Gufram Standard Colors Bocca Unlimited by Studio 65
By Studio 65, Gufram Furniture
Located in La Morra, Cuneo
On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, Bocca revolutionizes its image: 25 new colors dye Gufram’s iconic lips, which for the occasion are dressed up in an unprecedented, more mater...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Sofas

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Wool

GUFRAM Dark Lady Couch by Studio 65
By Studio 65, Gufram Furniture
Located in La Morra, Cuneo
Bocca, the original 1970 lips-shaped couch is only Gufram's. This sensual couch, which is ideal for a tête-à-tête, has entered the collective imagination on par with Andy Warhol's wo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Sofas

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Other

GUFRAM Pink Lady Couch by Studio 65
By Studio 65, Gufram Furniture
Located in La Morra, Cuneo
Bocca, the original 1970 lips-shaped couch is only Gufram's. This sensual couch, which is ideal for a tête-à-tête, has entered the collective imagination on par with Andy Warhol's works, as well as other pop art masterpieces...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Sofas

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Other

Gufram Boccadoro Couch in Gold by Studio 65
By Gufram Furniture, Studio 65
Located in La Morra, Cuneo
Bocca, the original 1970 lips-shaped couch is only Gufram's. This sensual couch, which is ideal for a tête-à-tête, has entered the collective imagination on par with Andy Warhol's works, as well as other pop art masterpieces...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Sofas

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Textile

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Marilyn Bocca Lip Sofa by Gufram, 1986, Signed, #79 From Edition of 1000
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First imagined as a statement piece for an upscale fitness center in Milan, the lip-shaped Bocca sofa — designed by Studio 65 architect Franco Audrito (b. 1943) in 1970 — has a delightfully dizzying history.  The piece was inspired by an erotic, ruby-red-colored life-size sculpture that surrealist artist Salvador Dalí crafted of pioneering performer and writer Mae West’s famously full lips. But the origins of Dalí’s provocative sculpture, commissioned in the 1930s by the artist’s British patr...
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