Bambola armchair w footrest by Mario Bellini for BeBItalia


Rare original leather Bambola armchair with Bambouff footrest / ottoman designed by Mario Bellini for B&BItalia.

Le Bambole was released in 1972 by the then C&BItalia. It was the creation of 35 year old Italian architect, Mario Bellini. The design was an immediate hit relating to the mood of the times and heralded onto the market via a very controversial marketing campaign with imagery by photographer Olivero Toscani featuring a topless Donna Jordan, the well known american fashion model. It wasn’t long before Le Bambole evolved into an entire collection including sofas, a chaise, beds and an ottoman, all with the characteristic pillow like form and jumbo pinched seams. The interior was wadding wrapped in hessian. During the 1980s, the reformed B&B Italia introduced an internal tubular steel support frame surrounded with their Bayfit® responsive padding. In 2007 removable covers became available. In 2023 B&B introduced a more sustainable edition with a 100% recyclable internal structure.

The Designer’s initial inspiration To create seating without any load bearing internal structure or feet. Pillow like forms of wadding encased in hessian fabric.

Fabrication Internal steel tubular support frame embedded inside flexible cold shaped polyurethane memory foam, polyester fibre cover. Removable silver zipped original B&Bitalia leather covers.

Design Consigned Stylist Supreme comfort. Seating of casual appearance with an iconic Italian design pedigree.

Design Consigned Collectors Authentic Bambola with ottoman, an extremely rare collector set. Awarded the prestigious Compasso D’Oro Design Award in 1979.

Mark of Authenticity B&B visible seam tags and labels.

Purchase Verification One owner 2007

Our Condition Report 4/5 Excellent vintage condition with minimal use, authenticity labels, and no structural faults or marks to the leather.

*Free delivery Melbourne metro


H75cm W119cm D91cm SH42cm




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