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Mario Bellini Furniture

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. Vintage Mario Bellini sofas, dining chairs and other seating pieces are widely coveted, and the designer has been the recipient of multiple prestigious Compasso d’Oro awards. 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 vintage Mario Bellini furniture — including dining tables, armchairs, mid-century sofas and more — today on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Mario Bellini
Dealer: Orange Furniture
Mario Bellini "Cab" Chairs
By Mario Bellini
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Classic leather cab chairs by Mario Bellini for Cassina. Wonderful patina to black leather. Rare set of 10 available - Priced as a set
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1980s Italian Vintage Mario Bellini Furniture

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Leather

Mario Bellini "Cab" Chairs
By Mario Bellini
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Classic leather cab chairs by Mario Bellini for Cassina in cognac reddish leather. Wonderful patina. Set of four available. Priced individually.
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1980s Italian Vintage Mario Bellini Furniture

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Leather

Mario Bellini "Bambole" Lounge Chair
By Mario Bellini
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Le Bambole lounge chair by Mario Bellini for B&B Italia Italy, 1970's Great chocolate brown neck leather with perfectly worm vintage patina C...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mario Bellini Furniture

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Leather

Black Leather 'CAB' Chairs by Mario Bellini for Cassina
By Mario Bellini
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Classic leather CAB chairs by Mario Bellini for Cassina. Great patina to leather. Excellent vintage condition. Priced individua...
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1980s American Vintage Mario Bellini Furniture

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By Mario Bellini
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
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By Mario Bellini
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Set of four brown "Cab" armchairs by Mario Bellini for Cassina. Rich brown leather with wonderful patina.
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Mario Bellini furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Mario Bellini furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of animal skin and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Mario Bellini furniture, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 508 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 47 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Mario Bellini were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Afra & Tobia Scarpa, B&B Italia, and Vico Magistretti. Prices for Mario Bellini furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $217 and can go as high as $58,161, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $8,447.
Questions About Mario Bellini Furniture
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2023
    Whether or not a Mario Bellini sofa is comfortable is largely a matter of personal opinion. However, many people find that the designer's sofas provide plush support due to their thick backrests and seat cushions. With its sumptuous tufted cushions, seductive low profile and endless rearrangement possibilities, the Bellini–designed Camaleonda sofa, for example, is infinitely flexible and can double as sculpture in any interior. Shop a selection of Mario Bellini furniture on 1stDibs.

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