That Maserati Biturbo interior caused some discussion here and I thought I’d present a little gallery of the possible inspirations for the design (of the seats and armrest).
Actually, it is not as easy a search as you might think. The search term is “Italian sofa 1979” and what you get if you
ask Google nicely is mostly not
something like this:
That said, the correspondence is strong.
The image source explains that the sofa was produced by Poltrona Frau between 1970 and 1979. The designers were Gramigna and Mazza. For some reason the source lists the bloke designer first (Mazza) I’ve changed it around so Giuliana Gramigna is first. Why not?
Who provided Maserati’s leather? My theory is that it was PF back in the day. So, getting from the sofa to the interior would not be a big leap.
Item number two is this one by Mario Bellini: “Camaleonda”. Is this the sofa that kicked off the ruched leather era?
Bellini’s design (above) is from 1971. This furniture stayed in production a good long time so it’s not implausible to think this sofa’s image or feel was also partly the inspiration for the Biturbo. Bellini has had a remarkable career, I realise. You find his work everywhere. He’s one of the greats.
Lastly, from 1976, Tobia Scarpa’s “Soriana”. The chrome bars are probably annoying to bang against when you are sitting on this sofa.
What surprised me was that there is less of this kind of puffy, brown furniture from that era than you would expect, at least to judge by the image search results. In the mid 70s Italian furniture was still quite tailored and geometric. Perhaps this trend did not really take root until the ’80s.