BBItalia Le Bambole

Bambole daybeds by Mario Bellini

Not to be missed. Matching pair of original 1980s tan leather Le Bambole Bamboletto daybeds by Mario Bellini for B&BItalia.

Designed by/launched when: The Bambole Collection came into being from 1970-72, comprising an armchair (Bambola), two seater (Bibambola), and three seater (Tribambola) sofas, daybed (Bamboletto) and chaise (Bamboletti). Produced by Italy’s leading contemporary Design manufacturer B&BItalia.

Inspiration: In his quest for a new approach to upholstered furniture, Architect Mario Bellini (b1935 Milano) was initially inspired upon seeing a full shopping bag slumped on a table. After experimenting with prototypes the idea morphed towards the archetypical idea of a large free-form floor cushion defined by a precise geometry of stitch lines. He described the seating as “a soft safe place”.

Fabrication: The early prototypes had an internal ‘skeleton’ of fabric wads bound and shaped by elastic membranes. B&BItalia developed a responsive memory foam which allowed consistent production of the Collection. This thick tan leather is the original, natural and organic upholstery specified by Mario Bellini. Hidden Features: Each daybed has 2 quilted mattress pads.

Design Consigned Stylist: Be partners in recline with this iconic Design. Ideal for the home library, taking in a view of the garden or ocean, or ‘impress the guests’ beds with a central table.The older they get, the better and more valuable they become.

DC Collectors: Le bambole Collection took the prestigious Compasso d’Oro Award in 1979. Authentic early 1980s originals, one owner, made in Italy by B&BItalia. Extremely collectible, possibly the only Bamboletto in Australia. Nicely aged to vintage ‘perfection’.

Mark of authenticity: Both wear B&BItalia seam tags.

DC Insider: The Bambole Collection was launched with deliberately provocative photography by a young Oliviero Toscani, featuring jean clad, topless model,  Donna Jordan. The Campaign was immediately censored which, of course, had a very positive effect on sales. The sofas and armchairs were re released in 2007 with another attention seeking campaign by Toscani. View HERE.


  • Dimensions: H35 - 78cm W95cm L235cm
  • Condition: 4/5


  • Mario Bellini