“Rumble” Sofa [“Rumble” Couch] (1967)
Part of:
  • Gianni Pettena (archive creator)
  • Gianni Pettena (furniture designer)

“Rumble” Sofa [“Rumble” Couch] (1967)


circa 1967

Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 13 photographic materials
    4 drawings (including 1 reprographic copy)
    1 model
Scope and content:
This project series documents the "Rumble" Sofa, a couch designed by Pettena in 1967 and produced in 1968 by Gufram, an Italian seat and furniture manufacturer based in Barolo. The "Rumble" Sofa was part of the furniture at Pettena's studio-home." […] The design of this couch […] derives from the experience of living in a spacious place, originally a 19th century studio for artists, in which the furnishings had to suit the scale of the place and not that of the being." [1]

The project series contains sketches, plans and details of the couch, as well as videos and photographs of the couch showing its various possible shapes and usages. It also includes a small wooden model with movable blocks, each block represents one of the cushions of the couch.

[1] Gianni Pettena website, https://www.giannipettena.it/italiano/opere-1/design-rumble-couch-1967/ (last accessed 16 October 2019)
Reference number:



Florence Italy

Language of material:
  • English
  • Italian
Related units of description:
  • For more projects related to Pettena's furniture design for this studio-home in Florence, see: AP207.S1.1968.PR06 Lampade [Lamps] (1968) and AP207.S1.1969.PR01 Tavolo “Babele“ [Table “Babele”] (1969).

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