Art & Design

February 15, 2016

8 of Mario Bellini’s Greatest Designs

A look at the curves and candy-coloured sofas, cars and chairs by one of Italy’s greatest architect/designers

  • Written by Samira Larouci
  1. 1. Cassina Le Mura, Sofa Range, 1972

    “In order to understand something full I must test it and investigate it thoroughly, just as children do, when they touch and taste everything around them” says iconic Italian designer, Mario Bellini, in the first ever monograph of his work to date.

    The Italian architect turned industrial designer is probably the lesser known of his contemporaries and yet has influenced industrial design in the most insidious way. From household objects, cars, record players to typewriters – they’ve all had the Bellini wand waved over them during his many consultant positions at companies varying from Fiat to Olivetti to Italian lighting and furniture company Artemide, Ercos and Vitra.

    At the peak of his career, in 1987, Bellini had a personal retrospective at MoMa and up until 1991, remained chief design consultant at Olivetti. We selected eight of our favourite pieces in all their candy-coloured curvature.

    Mario Bellini by Enrico Morteo is published by

  2. 2. Olivetti A4, Electronic Counting Machine, 1975

  3. 3. Cassina Bruco 1, Lounge Chair, 1965

  4. 4. Citroen x MoMA, Kar-A-Sutra, 1972

  5. 5. Cassina CAB Chair, 1977

  6. 6. Heller Ultra Bellini Chair, 1970

  7. 7. Meritalia Via Lattea, Sofa Range, 1970

  8. 8. Meritalia Opera, Table, 2014


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