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Gufram, Bocca Lip-Shaped Sofa, Sky, by Studio 65

$5,800per item

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Bocca, the original 1970 lips-shaped couch is only Gufram’s. More than any other, this object of design represents the perfect abstraction of feminine beauty. It is no coincidence that it was photographed by important photographers such as David La Chapelle and Richard Avedon together with style icons, muses, as well as the most beautiful women in the world such as Marisa Berenson, Heidi Klum, Anne Hathaway and Sharon Stone. It is among Gufram’s best known products, and as a true diva it was the protagonist of more than a thousand editorials and featured on the covers and editorials of the main design and fashion magazines like Vogue, Harper’s Baazar, Elle and Vanity Fair just to name a few. 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. Soft and welcoming thanks to its look and the soft polyurethane it is made of, the sexiest couch in the history of interior design can interpret the atmosphere of interior design with the most appropriate make-up. Exclusive and provocative when fire red, black with an oversize piercing that exalts its rock and transgressive soul, or produced in a precious golden version, it lends itself also to other alluring contemporary tones. Besides at the Louvre, the couch Bocca was on exhibit in the most important museums in the world, such as the Museum of Applied Art and Science in Sydney, the Design Museum in Monaco, and the MAK in Vienna. Material: Soft Polyurethane upholstered with fabric.

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Details

  • Creator
    Studio 65 (Designer),GUFRAM Furniture (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 33.47 in. (85 cm)Width: 83.47 in. (212 cm)Depth: 31.5 in. (80 cm)
  • Style
    Modern (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    2022
  • Production Type
    New & Custom(Current Production)
  • Estimated Production Time
    7-8 weeks
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Beverly Hills, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: G062231stDibs: LU1079428563962

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    Customs Duties & Taxes May Apply.
    Ships From: La Morra, Italy
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    This item cannot be returned.

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About the Designer

Studio 65

Every so often a company produces a design so iconic that it comes to symbolize its entire history. For Studio 65, the Italian avant-garde design collective cofounded by Franco Audrito, Piero Gatti and others, this was the Bocca sofa — alternatively known as the “lips sofa,” “red lip sofa,” “Dalí sofa” or Marilyn sofa.”

Studio 65’s lip-shaped seat — modeled after a singular feature from Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí’s portrait of Mae West — became a design icon shortly after its release in 1970 and remains a beloved collector’s item today. The Bocca symbolizes Studio 65’s playful, subversive approach to design. The collective took shape in Turin in 1965 with the goal of avant-garde experimentation. The group would eventually grow to comprise artists, designers and poets, including Roberta Garosci, Enzo Bertone, Paolo Morello and Paolo Rondelli. It would also play a central role in the Italian Radical design movement, the practitioners of which found inspiration in ​Pop art, minimalism and Arte Povera.

The Bocca sofa was born of one of Audrito’s earliest commissions — to design a gym in Milan — which he accepted just a year after graduating from architecture school. The collective enlisted Italian manufacturer Gufram, a firm at the forefront of Italian Radical design, to create a bold red sofa in the shape of plump lips; it was dubbed Marilyn after Ms. Monroe and was an instant sensation when installed at the fitness center.

Studio 65 would follow this with the also iconic Capitello side chair (another Gufram collaboration, now in the permanent collection at The Met), whose reimagining of a decapitated marble classical architectural column in squishy foam was an on-the-nose expression of the group’s pushback to traditional design. It’s a nod they iterated with the Attica coffee table, whose form appears sliced from an oversize column.

Though Studio 65 still operates as an architecture studio under the leadership of Audrito today, the original collective broke up in the late 1970s, making its output from the past decade sought-after fodder for collectors of postmodern, Radical and Italian design.

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