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Bocca Sofa

About the Design

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).


Studio 65 Bocca Sofa

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Gufram Standard Colors Bocca Unlimited by Studio 65
By Studio 65, GUFRAM Furniture
Located in Barolo, IT
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

Materials

Wool

GUFRAM Dark Lady Couch by Studio 65
By Studio 65, GUFRAM Furniture
Located in Barolo, IT
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

Gufram Special Colors Bocca Unlimited by Studio 65
By Studio 65, GUFRAM Furniture
Located in Barolo, IT
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

Materials

Wool

GUFRAMINI Little Bocca Miniature by Studio 65
By Studio 65, GUFRAM Furniture
Located in Barolo, IT
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

Gufram Boccadoro Couch in Gold by Studio 65
By Studio 65, GUFRAM Furniture
Located in Barolo, IT
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

GUFRAM Pink Lady Couch by Studio 65
By Studio 65, GUFRAM Furniture
Located in Barolo, IT
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

GUFRAM Bocca Couch in Fire Red by Studio 65
By Studio 65, GUFRAM Furniture
Located in Barolo, IT
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

Studio 65 'Marilyn Bocca Lip' Sofa
By Edra, Studio 65
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Sofa, fabric, metal frame, foam by Studio65, Italy, 1972 design, execution, 1999. This settee is executed in fabric and is large enough to sit two people. The Studio 65 Bocca Lip ...
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1990s Italian Post-Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric

Studio 65 Bocca Sofa
By Studio 65
Located in Dronten, NL
The Bocca sofa is an icon of postmodern furniture design. Studio 65 created this sofa as an hommage to Salvador Dalí's sofa from 1930. Original 1980s example of this iconic piece...
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Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Sofas

Materials

Steel

1980's Gufram Bocca Lips Sofa by Studio 65
By GUFRAM Furniture, Studio 65
Located in Portland, ME
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...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Loveseats

Materials

Fabric, Foam

Modern Marilyn Bocca Sofa, Red, Studio 65 for Gufram Italy, 1970
By Studio 65, GUFRAM Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Modern Marilyn Bocca Sofa, Red, Studio 65 for Gufram Italy, 1970 / 1986. limited run of 1000 (in 1986) , this is number 97. It was the spring of 1970 when Studio 65 architect Franc...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Post-Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Upholstery