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Le Bambole Sofa by Mario Bellini for B&B Italia

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Le Bambole is a true icon of the 1970s design scene, it was designed by Mario Bellini at the beginning of the 1970s and won the prestigious design award ‘Compasso d’Oro’ in 1979. The idea behind the project was to create a seating solution where the cushions and the fabric played a major role almost eliminating the feeling the sofa actually had a supporting inner structure; it is all about the cushioning and the fabric, the softness hidden in every angle, as Mario Bellini said, it is like sitting on a three-dimensional big pillow. An important part of the success of this sofa was its marketing campaign. Piero Busnelli, founder of B&B Italia hired photographer Oliviero Toscani to create the campaign and the result was provocative and to the point. Model Donna Jordan, muse of Andy Warhol is photographed topless and in a series of trasgressive poses which at a point were censured and deemed too provocative for the audience. This contributes to the buzz and the success of this amazing product which is still in production today. ,

Le Bambole sofa marketing campaign. The ad emphasizes how a person can indulge into the sofa, abandoning every tension and enjoy the sofa in any possible position because the sofa will embrace you with tenderness and comfort.

Le Bambole sofa marketing campaign. The ad emphasizes how a person can indulge into the sofa, abandoning every tension and enjoy the sofa in any possible position because the sofa will embrace you with tenderness and comfort.

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Designitalia outsources original and authentic Bambole Sofas from Italy and through a professional restorer bring them back to life. If you are looking for a Mario Bellini sofa contact our customer service specialist and check the current availability. You have to chance to find authentic Tribambola sofas which is a large version seater of the Bambole collection, the more versatile Bibambola sofas which is the medium size seater perfect for any living room size, armchairs and Bamboletto. www.italianmidcenturyfurniture.com

Current Mario Bellini ‘Le Bambole’ collection offering

 
Mario Bellini Le Bambole Sofa 1980s Restored

Two Marion Bellini "Le Bambole" sofas in medium sizes available, completely restored with Italian 100% cotton velvet, restored inside and outside by a professional Italian restorer. Very iconic design from the 70s and 80s designed by Mario Bellini for B&B Italia. Approximate size for each sofa 67" W, 34" D, 29" H.

Bamboletto seating by Mario Bellini for B&B Italian 1980s

Bamboletto daybed - dormeuse from the 'Le Bambole' collection design Mario Bellini for B&B Italia. Originally conceived as a bed, this item can be used as daybed or dormeuse or large sofa in a large living room. It will be fully recovered with pure aniline highest quality leather available in different colors, or velvet. You can choose your preferred color either in velvet upholstery or leather upholstery. This item will look perfect in a large living room, an Industrial loft, a Mid-Century Modern home or as a second occasional bed, although the best use will be a large lounging designer piece.

 
 

New Mid Century Mirrors

A new collection of Italian Mid Century Mirrors is in! Mid Century mirrors have a special appeal, they add up to the decor and can be used in any type of home, modern, classic, contemporary. The brass frame is very appealing especially with some signs due to their age no complaints here we love it like that because it adds up to the authenticity of these mirrors

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Aside from the brass frame we do also have some designer Mid Century Mirrors from Cristal Art with a very fun shape and highly desirable

Cristal Art Mirror Rimadesio Mid Century Mirror
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Brass frame highlight - Mid Century Modern Mirrors

Brass frame highlight - Mid Century Modern Mirrors

Brass Frame Mid Century Mirrors

Brass Frame Mid Century Mirrors

 

Mid Century Italian modern design: Restoring Mid Century Italian furniture to its original beauty


Through our dedicated work and our continuous collaboration with a team of Italian restorers base in Northern Italy, we carefully restore each piece to bring it back to life again. Ready to fulfill your home.

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A Message from our team of Italian restorers:

 “For over three generations our family has been restoring antique furniture as well as 'modernariato'- otherwise know as mid-century modern. To this day, we are still very passionate in our efforts to maintain the same standards of craftsmanship of the original manufacturers when restoring these little works of art. 

In our restoration projects we use no industrial machinery, almost all our tools are the very same ones used at the original time of manufacture and throughout the process we follow the original furniture makers' methodology- down to the final layer of varnishing and lacquering.

Although our pieces may appear 'new' after a restoration project, our paramount concern is to maintain the original integrity of the piece as dictated by the designer and manufacturer.  With the exception of  parts that are beyond repair and may impede every day use - locks, handles and padding- we substitute no parts. And, because we believe every piece has a history and a life story to tell, we leave the smallest imperfections to remind you. 

In the studio - Mid Century Italian design - Art deco Furniture - dining table 

In the studio - Mid Century Italian design - Art deco Furniture - dining table 

 
Art Deco armchair - restoration in progress

Art Deco armchair - restoration in progress

 

We outsource and import authentic Italian mid Century modern design, pieces from architects and designers such as Paolo Buffa, Osvaldo Bersani, Gio Ponti, Cini Boeri, Marco Zanuso, Franco Albini and many more. Mid Century Italian furniture restored in Italy and ready for your home. Collector pieces and one of a kind ones.