Alessandro Becchi Black Leather “Anfibio” Three Seater Sofa for Giovannetti, 1972


Anfibio sofa-bed by Alessandro Becchi for Giovannetti, 1972.

Fully restored and upholstered with high-quality black Italian natural leather.

Mattress upholstered with soft sheepskin wool.

The Anfibio sofa ranks among the most outstanding cult products of Italian design. It is innovative, original, and highly functional; it is a revolutionary sofa-bed, a symbol of high quality and sapient artisanry. It is possible to find it in the permanent collection of 13 museums worldwide, among which the MoMa in New York, since 1972.

Alessandro Becchi designed the “Anfibio” sofa for the Italian manufacturer Giovannetti in 1970. It is characterized by generous dimensions and soft, embracing shapes that invite relaxation and comfort. It reminds a floating dinghy thanks to its lack of rigid mechanism. This feature inspired its name, which means amphibious. Furthermore, the sofa presents a rectangular steel structure and padding in non-deformable high-density polyurethane, covered with acrylic thermo-welded fibers and protective fabric. The Anfibio sofa by Giovannetti is available covered in leather or fabric and several colors. This artwork is the ideal convertible solution, the perfect combination of aesthetic research and innovative household living.

Alessandro Becchi was born in Florence in 1946. He studied at ISIA in his hometown, and in the late 60s, he began his career as a designer. In 1970 he designed the revolutionary Anfibio sofa for Giovannetti. In 1972, thanks to the success of Anfibio, he was invited to the exhibition “Italy: the New Domestic Landscape” at the Museum of Modern Arts in New York. This date opens in close collaboration with Giovannetti. He designed a series of sofa-beds, such as Only You, Brando, Diletto, and the famous armchairs Le Bugie. Designer with considerable capacity, Becchi brings innovation, freshness, love for the project, establishing, in addition to an excellent working relationship with Benito Giovannetti. The collaboration between Alessandro Becchi and the Italian brand was interrupted by his death in 1987.


Additional information



Design Period

1970 to 1979

Country of Manufacture


Detailed Condition

Restored — this vintage item is in very good condition because it has been refreshed through new upholstery and/or refinishing.


Natural Dyed Leather, Foam, Wool Sheepskin




H 70 cm x W 240 cm x D 100 cm
H 27.56 in. x W 94.49 in. x D 39.37 in.

Seat Height: 35 cm (13.78 in.)