Mario Bellini “Le Bambole” armchairs for B&B Italia, brown leather and foam, Italy, 1971, set of two.
The search for a new shape for upholstered furniture: all parts are shaped like a large soft cushion. If we take apart Le Bambole, we get cushions in part because they are a natural “free” shape, difficult to describe in a product drawing, but easy to perceive and analyze. Inside them is the “skeleton,” or the vertical edges or elastic membranes that blend form and fabric to balance action and reaction. Le Bambole, said Bellini, “are not covered in fabric. Instead, they are built of fabric.” What makes them unique is the apparent absence of a load-bearing structure, the extreme naturalness of their shape, and the combination of comfort, softness, and elasticity.
Height: 28.75 in (73 cm)
Width: 47.25 in (120 cm)
Depth: 37.41 in (95 cm)
Seat Height: 16.93 in (43 cm)
Our atelier carefully reupholstered the armchairs in brown leather. Slight signs of use and time.