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Le Bambole

c. 1972/2007

by Mario Bellini
for B&B Italia

Le Bambole

by Mario Bellini
for  B&B Italia

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The Le Bambole won numer­ous awards in the 1970s includ­ing the pres­ti­gious Compasso d’Oro in 1979. On the occa­sion of its 35th anniver­sary, Bellini slightly modi­fied the orig­i­nal design to create a slimmer profile and it was reis­sued by B&B Italia in 2007 as Le Bambole 07. The series now includes an armchair (Bambola), a two-seat sofa (Bibam­bola), a three seat sofa (Trib­am­bola) as well as an ottoman (Bambouf) that is avail­able in two sizes.

If you have ever taken one of your bed pillows and, in an effort to plump” it, hit it in the center and watched the corners expand, you’ve just re-created Mario Bellini’s inspi­ra­tion for his Le Bambole seating design. The action of plump­ing” and the result­ing full­ness visu­ally connotes a profound bedtime” comfort and soft­ness – precisely the feeling Bellini wanted to impart to all of the Le Bambole pieces.

Le Bambole’s lack-of-struc­ture illu­sion is actu­ally achieved with an inter­nal steel frame that features Bayfit (Bayer) flex­i­ble cold-shaped polyurethane foam with a poly­ester padding. The under­side base is 100% jute textile. All pieces in the Le Bambole sofa Collec­tion are avail­able with a choice of numer­ous uphol­stery cover options in both textiles and leather.


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Mario Bellini

Italy (1935)

Mario Bellini is one of Italy’s most renowned design talents. As an architect, he has designed structures around the world, such as the Tokyo Design Centre, the National Gallery of Victoria, and the Milan Convention Centre. His illustrious oeuvre also moves far beyond architecture—he’s a skilled industrial designer, urban planner, and furniture designer who has influenced all corners of the industry.

Bellini began his foray into the design world as an architect in the 1960’s, and by 1963 he started to incorporate furniture and product design into his work. For nearly three decades, Bellini was the chief design consultant for Olivetti, where he created product designs for typewriters, portable calculators, and early computer consoles. Bellini’s masterful understanding of form became evident in both his product and furniture work. Many of the bestselling designs from his early career, such as Le Bambole seating line for B&B Italia and the Cab chair for Cassina, continue to be produced.

With over 25 pieces of his industrial design in their permanent collection, MoMA celebrated Bellini’s contribution to the design world with a 1987 retrospective of his work.

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