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Mario Bellini

Italian, b. 1935

Milan-born architect and designer Mario Bellini just may be the closest thing to a modern-day Renaissance man: His creative output spans genres, from electronics to furniture to architecture to cars, comprising iconic designs in each. He has been the recipient of multiple prestigious Compasso d’Oro design awards, and more than 20 of his works are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

Born in 1935, Bellini studied architecture at the Polytechnic University of Milan before founding his own firm in his native city in the early 1960s. He soon branched out beyond architecture, however, first for the tech manufacturer Olivetti, where he served as chief industrial design consultant from 1963 to 1991. During that time, Bellini oversaw the design of some of Olivetti’s most popular typewriters.

His penchant for electronic design didn’t stop there: Bellini also designed cameras for Fuji, televisions for Brionvega and a slew of audio devices for Yamaha, then served as design consultant for Renault and devised the interior of the 1980 Lancia Trevi for Fiat. Meanwhile, his architecture work spans continents, including such modern gems as the Museum of Islamic Arts at the Louvre, the National Gallery of Victoria extension in Melbourne, the Dubai Creek Complex and the Milan Convention Centre in his hometown.

And then there’s the furniture: Over the last 70 years, Bellini has designed office furniture for Vitra; lamps for Artemide, Erco and FLOS; porcelain for Rosenthal and long-admired sofas and other seating for Kartell, Natuzzi, B&B Italia, Cassina and more.

His oft-imitated 1977 Cab chair for Cassina, comprising 16 individual pieces of saddle leather that create a “skin” over a minimal metal frame, remains one of the manufacturer’s best sellers today. His pudgy-legged, round tables for Cassina foreshadow Faye Toogood’s widely loved Roly Poly line. His postmodern Summa armchairs for Kartell, as well as his elegant Chiara floor lamp, still lure collectors on vintage furniture websites.

Bellini’s most famous contribution to furniture design, though, may be his 1970 Camaleonda sofa for B&B Italia (then C&B Italia). An entrant to the 1972 MoMA show “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape,” the seat takes its name from the Italian words for chameleon and wave. Its bulbous, modular form makes it infinitely flexible. The sofa was a runaway hit at the show and, once discontinued, remained so popular among vintage dealers that B&B Italia reissued it in 2020 with all recycled materials and interchangeable seat covers. “Of all the objects I have designed, Camaleonda is perhaps the best in terms of its sense of freedom,” Bellini said.

Browse an expansive collection of Mario Bellini furniture — including dining tables, armchairs, mid-century sofas and more — today on 1stDibs.

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Area Desk Lamp
Area Desk Lamp
Area Floor Lamp
Area Floor Lamp
Chiara Lamp
Chiara Lamp
Mario Bellini 413 "CAB" Chairs for Cassina, 1977, Set of 8
By Cassina, Mario Bellini
Located in Lonigo, IT
Mario Bellini "CAB" chairs for Cassina, 1977, set of 8 Set of eight 413 "CAB" chairs in black leather designed by Mario Bellini and manufactured by Cassina, 1977. High-quality ch...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mario Bellini

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Steel

Sofa Model "Le Bambole", Design Mario Bellini for B&B, Italy 1970
By Mario Bellini
Located in Napoli, IT
Three-seater sofa "Le Bambole", design Mario Bellini for B&B, Italy 1970. Upholstered in plum colored velvet.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mario Bellini

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Velvet, Foam

Four Break Chairs by Mario Bellini for Cassina
By Mario Bellini
Located in Dallas, TX
A set of four leather "Break" armchairs designed by Mario Bellini for Cassina.
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1970s Vintage Mario Bellini

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Leather

Original Leather Lounge Chair & Pouf Le Bambole by Mario Bellini for B&B Italia
By Mario Bellini, B&B Italia
Located in Almelo, NL
Original leather lounge chair & pouf “Le Bambole” by Mario Bellini for B & B Italia, manufactured in Italy 1975. Really iconic and comfortable set in the best Italian leather. Almost...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mario Bellini

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Leather

Mario Bellini Sofa, Cassina
By Mario Bellini, Cassina
Located in Raleigh, NC
Vintage leather sofa with fully upholstered leather frame and attached arm cushions bu Mario Bellini. This piece is in its original leather showing age and wear throughout. Produced ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Mario Bellini

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Leather

  • Mario Bellini Sofa, Cassina
  • Mario Bellini Sofa, Cassina
  • Mario Bellini Sofa, Cassina
  • Mario Bellini Sofa, Cassina
H 28 in. W 98 in. D 36 in.
Mario Bellini 'Amanta' Sectional Lounges for B&B Italia, Italy 1960s, Signed
By B&B Italia, Mario Bellini
Located in Torino, IT
Set of two "Amanta" lounges by Mario Bellini for B&B Italia, 1960s, they can be used as single lounge chairs or combined to be a loveseat, fiberglass frame, cushions reupholstered in...
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1960s Italian Vintage Mario Bellini

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Fabric, Fiberglass

Set of 4 Kartell Medium Dune Trays in Pink by Mario Bellini
By Mario Bellini, Kartell
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The semi-transparent material of these trays with internal sculpting varies in chromatic intensity and luminosity and projects a magical three-dimensional illusion onto the surface h...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Mario Bellini

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Crystal

Set of 3 Stackable Chairs Designed by Mario Bellini for Heller, Italy
By Heller, Mario Bellini
Located in San Diego, CA
Nice set of 3 stackable chairs designed by Mario Bellini for Heller great colors and condition its like new, made in Italy. Grey, white & black.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern Mario Bellini

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Plastic

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Mario Bellini Sellers

SitonVintage BV
5 / 5
Goldwood Interiors
4.9 / 5
Kartell USA Inc
4.8 / 5
Lovaas Projects, GmbH
5 / 5
Atelier Breton
5 / 5

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Mario Bellini Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Mario Bellini Furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These unique items are frequently made from animals' skin and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Mario Bellini furniture collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 263 vintage editions of these items, while there are 29 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Mario Bellini were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture from Osvaldo Borsani, B&B Italia and Afra & Tobia Scarpa. Prices for Mario Bellini furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $202 and tops out at $96,290, while pieces like these can sell for $7,779.