Again, a famous architect also happens to be one of the most famous furniture designers: Mario Bellini, Milanese by birth, formed at the Faculty of Architecture of Milan.

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In his role as a designer, he has worked with Olivetti, Yamaha, Renault, Fiat, Lancia ….
but what interests us and we are passionate about is his career as a furniture designer, that became known when in 1960, La Rinascente asked him to design a furniture collection that would be sold exclusively in this very well known department stores in Milan.

bellini, la rinascente

Bellini has won 8 awards Compasso d’Oro, 3 of them with pieces of furniture. In 1962 with a dining table, sofa Le Bambole in 1979, and in 2001 with his chair Bellini.

bellini, 1962le bambole, bellinibellini chair

In 1977, for Cassina Chair 412, with a steel structure, padded seat with polyurethane foam and upholstered with a leather case with zipper …. sound familiar?

bellini, 412

In 1987, the Museum of Modern Art of New York dedicated Bellini a retrospective. This chair is among the 25 pieces selected later to become part of the permanent exhibition of the museum.

We also found among his works, well-known pieces of lighting: “Light is a kind of a blessing that let dead material come alive”

nuvolo, bellini, nemoNuvola (Nemo)

He continues designing for companies in the sector as well known as Vitra, Kartell, Flou, …

flou, bellini, grand pianoGrand Piano (Flou)

Some of their most recent collections: ..

Opera for Meritalia

opera, meritalia, bellini

or…

Braque for Kartell

braque, kartell, bellini