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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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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 desig...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Models and Miniatures

GUFRAM Pink Lady Couch by Studio 65
By Studio 65, GUFRAM Furniture
Located in La Morra, Cuneo
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

GUFRAM Dark Lady Couch by Studio 65
By Studio 65, GUFRAM Furniture
Located in La Morra, Cuneo
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

Gufram Special Colors Bocca Unlimited by Studio 65
By Studio 65, GUFRAM Furniture
Located in La Morra, Cuneo
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

Materials

Wool

GUFRAM Bocca Couch in Fire Red by Studio 65
By Studio 65, GUFRAM Furniture
Located in La Morra, Cuneo
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

Gufram Boccadoro Couch in Gold by Studio 65
By Studio 65, GUFRAM Furniture
Located in La Morra, Cuneo
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

Gufram Standard Colors Bocca Unlimited by Studio 65
By Studio 65, GUFRAM Furniture
Located in La Morra, Cuneo
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

Materials

Wool

Studio 65 Sofa Bocca or Marilyn Gufram, 1970, ca. Italy
By GUFRAM Furniture, Studio 65
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Bocca or Marilyn sofa in polyurethane foam covered with a red jersey fabric, designed by Studio 65 and produced by Gufram, Italy, 1970 approx. Measures: 210 x 80 x 82 cm Literature...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Post-Modern Sofas

Materials

Fabric, Foam