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Gufram Vintage Bocca Lips Sofa by Studio 65

$5,995Asking Price

About

Designed in 1972, as an homage to Salvador Dali's Mae West-inspired sofa, the "Bocca" is an icon of Modern Design. Designers Studio 65 referenced Marilyn Monroe as an inspiration for the sensual shape of the sofa. Produced by Gufram, Italy, in 1986. Labelled, "Gufram Multipli '86". The piece was purchased as a pair for a national talkshow in 1986. The piece was never used for the show, and instead went into storage until the present. Quite light and comfortable for conversational seating, the sofa's original stretchy fabric has a slight sheen that gives the Lips' sculpted curves a striking, hyper-real visual pop. Red Poly-Nylon Upholstery with dense polyurethane foam on a wooden frame.

Details

  • Creator
    GUFRAM Furniture (Manufacturer),Studio 65 (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 33 in. (83.82 cm)Width: 81 in. (205.74 cm)Depth: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Seat Height: 18.25 in. (46.36 cm)
  • Style
    Post-Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1986
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Slight bluish discoloration about 6" in diameter on back panel, left, pictured.
  • Seller Location
    Portland, ME
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5089117613422

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    Ships From: Portland, ME
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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About the Design

Bocca Sofa

Designed by Studio 65
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 was renowned for its pursuit of bold, cutting-edge pieces that blurred 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).
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