Designer: Mario Bellini

Italian design lovers, our brand new article will surely catch your attention. Today we’ve decided to tell you about a talented Italian architect and designer: Mario Bellini. We’re going to take a look at the life of this great man, his iconic creations and his extraordinary rise to fame!

Mario Bellini has received international recognition, it must be said that his creations are of a disconcerting precision! He has designed numerous pieces of furniture, computer tools and lighting:


“Amanta” armchair 1966, “Amanta” coffee table 1966, “Gli Scacchi” furniture 1971 (source: artnet)


“Bambole” sofa 1972, “Cab” chair 1976, “La Rotonda” table 1976 (source: cassina)


Floor lamp “Chiara” 16967, floor lamp “Area” 1974


Totem” stereo system designed with his brother Dario in 1970


Logos 58 calculator for Olivetti, 1972


Mario Bellini was born in Italy in 1935. He studied architecture at theMilan Polytechnic and graduated in 1959. He then joined the La Rinascente department stores’ chain as an art director. In 1962, he joined forces with Marco Romano to set up an architectural firm. A year later, Bellini joined Olivetti as head of industrial design, the beginning of a real career rise! At the same time, from 1969 to 1971, he chaired theAssociazione per il Designo Industriale. In 1972, Bellini presented his mobile environment “Kar-a-Sutra” at the exhibition“Italy: the New Domestic Landscape” organised by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.


Kar-a-sutra” concept car (1972). source:

The Renault company was seduced by this original work and hired him as a consultant in 1978. At the same time, he opened his own design studio: the Bellini studio. Success followed success: the designer worked for major Italian and international companies such as Cassina, Flos, Artemide, Erco, Vitra and Yamaha! During his career, Bellini received 7 Compasso d’Oro awards and was the subject of a personal retrospective at the MoMa in New York in 1987; this was the official recognition of his peers. Passionate about design and driven by a fierce desire to share his knowledge, Mario Bellini has taught in various schools in Venice, Vienna and Milan. He has also organised numerous workshop-meetings dedicated to the study of the relationship between humans and their artificial environment. He was also editor-in-chief of the magazine Domus from 1986 to 1991. In 1987, he founded the company “Mario Bellini Associati”. As you can see, Mario Bellini has left an indelible mark on the history of furniture.


Designs by Mario Bellini . source:

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