Le Bambole — Bambola Lounge Chair
for B&B Italia
Mario Bellini designed the Bambola lounge chair as part of the Le Bambole series in 1972 for B&B Italia. The series has earned numerous awards, including the prestigious Compasso d’Oro in 1979. If you have ever taken one of your bed pillows and“plump” it, hit it in the center and watched the corners expand, you’ve just re-created 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 Le Bambole pieces.
Fifty years after their initial creation, these iconic Italian designs have evolved for increased sustainability and comfort. The new collection refits the Bambola single-seat lounge chair, the Bibambola two-seater sofa, and the Bamboletto bed. In addition, an updated three-seater sofa to meet today’s needs, with a deeper seat that has earned it the name Granbambola.
The construction, based initially on a metal structure embedded in polyurethane, now features the latest materials, starting with a recycled polyethylene structure. For added sustainability, the components of Le Bambole can be disassembled entirely and are easily recyclable.
The underside base is 100% jute textile. All pieces in the Le Bambole sofa collection are available with numerous upholstery options in fabric and leather.
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.