Ever heard of an Anfibio sofa bed? I haven't until now. It was designed by Alessandro Becchi for Giovannetti, Italy, in 1970. Only 31,000 of the sofa beds were produced.
A sofa that, when unfolded, becomes a generous double bed. The outer arm and back have a steel structure (within a wrap of polyurethane and dacron) that gives rigidity to the form. The seat unrolls by releasing the side straps, and the back is then folded forward onto the floor to make a low-padded sleeping platform. Commonly upholstered in tan leather, it measures 180cm x 100cm when unfolded.The sofa won the Compasso d’Oro at the Milan Triennale in 1972.
If you search the web for "Anfibio sofa bed" you'll find some for sale. One I found at StyleStore costs just over £3,000 in fabric or an extra £1,200 for leather. That's over $4,500 in USDs for fabric!
Bev & Mike
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