Surpassing perfection

At a distance of 50 years, Mario Bellini and B&B Italia collaborate on the reissue of Camaleonda, the modular sofa that is a perfect blend of design and architecture, and now takes a step forward, becoming sustainable

B&B Italia, Camaleonda by Mario Bellini
B&B Italia, Camaleonda by Mario Bellini

Can you improve on perfection? An affirmative reply can be seen in the work carried out by the research division of B&B Italia and the architect Mario Bellini, who in 1970 designed the Camaleonda sofa.
The piece conserves its look, measurements, proportions and system of use, with a 90×90 cm seating module, the same back and armrest as in the past, using the original patterns to cut the covering.

B&B Italia, Camaleonda by Mario Bellini
B&B Italia, Camaleonda by Mario Bellini

One of the fundamental characteristics of Camaleonda is its modular design: attaching or removing seats, backs and armrests, in fact, it is possible to make infinite configurations. While nothing of the form has changed – even the capitonné work is equal – the innovation happens in the field of materials. The sandwich structure is made with recycled or recyclable material, the base with wood panels, while the spherical feet are in FSC-certified beech. The filler is in variable-density polyurethane, protected by a removable cover in dacron, a synthetic fabric obtained from recycled PET.

B&B Italia, Camaleonda by Mario Bellini B&B Italia, Camaleonda by Mario Bellini

Camaleonda is completed by Gli Scacchi, the series of extra seats and tables designed by Bellini in 1971, whose pieces are inspired by the game of chess, and by the queen, knight and castle in particular. In the original version from 1971 the innovation was the covering in self-skinning polyurethane, a solution previously used only in the auto industry; today the pieces are offered with soft coverings in cowhide and ponyskin with visible stitching.

B&B Italia, Gli Scacchi by Mario Bellini
B&B Italia, Gli Scacchi by Mario Bellini