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Mario Bellini Living Room Sets

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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Creator: Mario Bellini
Modular Sofà Mario Bellini Amanta 1970s White and Green Italian Design Resin
By Mario Bellini
Located in Palermo, Sicily
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Mario Bellini "Le Bambole" Sofa for B&B Italia, Faux-Fur, 2000s
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Located in Lonigo, IT
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Mario Bellini "Le Bambole" Sofa for B&B Italia, Faux-Fur, 1971
By Mario Bellini, B&B Italia
Located in Lonigo, IT
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Mario Bellini "Le Bambole" Sofa for B&B Italia, Faux-Fur, 1971, Set of 2
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2 Lounge Chairs and a Low Table Amanta by Mario Bellini for B&B Italia 70s
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Located in Padova, IT
Stunning living room set Amanta composed of 2 lounge chairs and a low table, designed by Mario Bellini and produced by B&B Italia 1970s. The "Amanta" lounge chairs/modular sofa syst...
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Italian Mario Bellini Bambole Three Seats Sofa for B&B Italia in Linen 1970s
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Located in Byron Bay, NSW
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Mario Bellini Sofa Set of 4 Made by C&B Italia, 1970
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Located in Oostrum-Venray, NL
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Living Room Set by B&B Italia Model "Amanta" Designed by Mario Bellini 1970s
By Mario Bellini, B&B Italia
Located in Antwerp, BE
Space Age design living room set by B&B/ C&B Italia model "Amanta" design Mario Bellini 1966 produced in the 1970s two modular seating elements brown leather upholstery, white plasti...
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Italian Leather Sofa by Mario Bellini le Bambole for B&B Italia 1970s
By Mario Bellini
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
Mario Bellini for B&B Italia, 'Le Bambole' sofa, brown patinated leather, Italy, 1972. This piece is one of the very rare prototypes or early editions, and still 100% original, read ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mario Bellini Living Room Sets

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By Mario Bellini
Located in Ottenburg, BE
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Mario Bellini "Tentazione" Crème Leather Living Room Set for Cassina, 1970s
By Mario Bellini, Cassina
Located in The Hague, NL
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Set of 7 Camaleonda Sittings Designed by Mario Bellini for C&B Italia, 1970
By C&B Italia, Mario Bellini
Located in Varese, Lombardia
Set of modular armchairs and poufs in brown corduroy, mod. Camaleonda designed by Mario Bellini for C&B Italia in 1970. The set consists of 7 elements: - 4 armchairs ( cm 71H x 6...
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Set of 8 Camaleonda Sittings Designed by Mario Bellini for C&B Italia, 1970
By C&B Italia, Mario Bellini
Located in Varese, Lombardia
Set of modular armchairs and poufs in brown corduroy, mod. Camaleonda designed by Mario Bellini for C&B Italia in 1970. The set consists of 8 elements: - 5 armchairs ( cm 71H x 6...
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1970s Italian Space Age Vintage Mario Bellini Living Room Sets

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Italian Amanta Chairs Fabric and Black Base by Mario Bellini for B&B Italia 1970
By Mario Bellini
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
Two Italian Amanta chairs by Mario Bellini in floral fabric and black frame reupholstery.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mario Bellini Living Room Sets

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Fabric, Acrylic

Pair of Vintage 1970s Armchairs, Design by Mario Bellini for Cassina Production
By Mario Bellini, Cassina
Located in Milan, IT
Pair of vintage 1970s armchairs, Italian manufacture, design by Mario Bellini, Cassina production. The armchair has an orange leather upholstery Vintage design in good condition.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Mario Bellini Living Room Sets

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Leather

Mario Bellini 'Camaleonda' Sofa , C&B Italia, 1970s
By C&B Italia, Mario Bellini
Located in Ongar, GB
A stunning Three piece Mario Bellini 'Camaleonda' modular sofa for C&B Italia, 1970s. The design became famous almost immediately after it was featured in the exhibition "The New ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Mario Bellini Living Room Sets

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Mario Bellini living room sets for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs.com has Mario Bellini living room sets available for sale. These distinctive items are often made of fabric and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Mario Bellini living room sets, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 14 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original living room sets by Mario Bellini were created in Italy during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider living room sets by Vico Magistretti, B&B Italia and Afra & Tobia Scarpa. Prices for Mario Bellini living room sets can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at US$1,156 and tops out at US$38,700, while pieces like these can sell for US$11,663.

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