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Limited Edition Bocca Sofa by Studio 65 for Gufram, Signed Dated Numbered, 1986

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This incredible lips sofa is by Studio 65 for Gufram, part of their 'Multipli' limited edition collections, the Bocca (Lips) sofa was a run of 1,000 units - and this particular example is signed: Gufram Multipli, Dated: 1986 and numbered: 103 / 1000. The red color on this example is exquisite. Bright and sharp, does not appear to be faded. The fabric has a sheen which reflects light which looks incredible with all the curves of the lips, accentuating every line and shape, in most of the photos the reflection of the fabrics sheen makes the sofa look a little lighter in color in some areas, but this is merely a visual effect picked up by the camera. The photos of the sofa's back are the best representation of the color since it does not reflect the sheen of the fabric on the camera lens. In person the reflection is much less noticeable and only a light sheen can be seen, very beautiful. The original design was created in the early 1970s Italy by Studio 65 who used Salvador Dalí's Mae West lips sculpture as inspiration however it was noted that Studio 65 envisioned Marilyn Monroe's lips instead of Mae West when designing the Bocca sofa. Then in the mid-1980s Studio 65 and Gufram decided to release a limited edition of 1,000, each bearing a signed, dated and numbered tag like this example. There are newer examples and unsigned 1970s examples of this design but lack the collector qualities of this 1986 edition since they were not signed, dated and numbered limited editions. For art and design collectors and interior designers alike, this sofa is an incredible opportunity to acquire this signed, dated and limited edition numbered work of art for your personal or client's collection. The width and depth of this tête-à-tête sofa makes it perfect as a large comfortable loveseat or settee for two, ideal of entertaining, romancing or watching a movie, and is large enough to accommodate a cozy sofa or couch for three people. Fabricated from stretch jersey fabric over polyurethane foam, the cover has a zipper on the underside so it can be removed and cleaned. This surreal sofa is sensual, bold, iconic and wild. The perfect Postmodern piece of functional art that allows you to expand your art collection from the wall to the main-room floor and serve as eye-catching pop of color and personality while serving as an excellent conversation starter. The signed, dated and numbered Gufram tag is visible from the rear so this sofa would be ideal to display in the middle of the room where the back of the sofa can be seen. Be the envy of your friends and fellow art collectors with this rare and exquisite piece of functional art. Studio 65 (Studiosessanta5) is an Italian architecture studio founded in 1965 in Turin as an avant-garde experimental collective of architects, designers, poets and artists. Its founders were Franco Audrito, Roberta Garosci, Enzo Bertone, Paolo Morello, and Paolo Rondelli. Studio 65 played an important role in the Radical movement in Italian design in 1960-70s. Some of the most famous products designed by them is the Bocca sofa and Capitello chair. Other notable projects include the Leonardo sofa, which became one of the icons of the Radical Design movement, interior design of the Casa Canella apartment, the Palladian Villa, as well as the Barbarella night club. Other members of the Radical design movement from Turin were LIBIDARCH, Ceretti-Derossi-Rosso, Guido Drocco, Franco Mello, and Piero Gilardi. The Bocca sofa was originally designed in 1970 as part of the project for a new fitness center in Milan, that Studio 65 was commissioned to complete. The sofa was a tribute to Salvador Dali's surrealistic portrait of Mae West. It was produced by Gufram, an Italian furniture manufacturer. The original name was Marilyn, and it was dedicated to Marilyn Monroe as well as the owner of the gym, Marilyn Garosci. According to one of its designers, Franco Audrito, the sofa "spoke out about our obsession with appearance." The Bocca loveseat is part of the permanent collection of New York’s MoMA, Paris’ Louvre, Milan’s Permanent Design Collection and Denver’s Museum of Modern Art. Condition: Excellent condition with very minor wear. The cover is removable via a zipper located underneath the sofa and can be washed and cleaned. There is minor wear such as minor flea bite sized pulls to the fabric and a few light marks to the fabric. No heavy stains, no rips or tears, no areas of major fading, no noticeable issues. Excellent example of a 1986 work of functional art, this is an ideal example for a collector or art gallery, ready for immediate use. Measurements:  H 33.5" x W 85" x D 31.5" Seat height 17".

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  • Date of Manufacture
    1986
  • Period
    1980-1989
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Excellent condition with minor wear. See description for greater condition details. This is an ideal example for a collector or art gallery, ready for immediate use.
  • Dimensions
    H 33.5 in. x W 85 in. x D 31.5 in.H 85.09 cm x W 215.9 cm x D 80.01 cm
  • Seat Height
    17 in. (43.18 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU1330217106372
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