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'Camaleonda' in Original Mohair by Mario Bellini for C&B Italia, c. 1970, Signed

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This is an all original Camaleonda by C&B Italia made within the first 3 years of production (1970 to 1973) of this design with its original mohair fabric, making this one of the most sought after collectors sets available on the open market. Designed by Mario Bellini in 1970 for C&B Italia, later produced after 1973 by B&B Italia after Piero Busnelli bought out Cassina and changed the name to B&B. This modular Camaleonda sectional sofa set is with its original deep chocolate brown mohair fabric and includes three full seating elements with one 2/3's seating element, one full seat back and two arms. All tufting, hardware and feet are present, no rips or tears, everything is sturdy and structurally sound. Each seat element is signed with C&B labels and Atelier International distributor tags. Collectors will always prefer an 'original' from early production years over later production examples or reproductions. For the Camaleonda, that would be the 1970-1973 C&B era. In addition - original fabric or leather is much more desirable than reupholstered sets. However it is very hard to find an early production set in good condition with all hardware in-tact, making sets like this increasingly rare to find. This is a set you don't want to miss - interior designers, select this set for your favorite client or if you want to be a little secretly selfish, get it for yourself, we promise not to tell =) We have a large quantity of other Camaleonda elements (C&B and B&B examples) if you are looking for a larger set, contact us to discuss. MEASUREMENTS: *This is a modular set with seven (7) total pieces and can be configured in many ways as each seating section can be placed wherever you desire and the arms and seat back can be fixed to the seating elements where you want. Our photos illustrate only one configuration so use your imagination to come up with the arrangement that best fits your room and use. Instead of listing the measurements of the configuration in the photos we are detailing below the dimensions of each piece: Large Seat Elements (3): H 14.25" x W 36" x D 36" 2/3's Seat Element: (1): 14.25" x W 36" x D 26" Seat Back (1): H 12.5" x W 36" x D 12.5" Arms: (2): H 6.5" x W 25" x D 12.5" CONDITON: Original fabric in good vintage condition. Age appropriate wear in a well-cared environment considering this is from 1970 to 1973 (original C&B Camaleonda years). No rips or tears. One prior small repair to one side which can't be seen when you place seating elements together. Some rubbing loss to mohair in small scattered areas, only noticeable upon close inspection. Some minor stains, also only noticeable with close inspection. Overall attractive and clean examples ready for immediate use.

Details

  • Creator
    C&B Italia (Manufacturer),Mario Bellini (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 14.25 in. (36.2 cm)Width: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Depth: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Seat Height: 14.25 in. (36.2 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 7
  • Style
    Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1970 to 1973
  • Condition
    Original fabric in good vintage condition. See description for greater details.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1330224722022

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    Ships From: Long Beach, CA
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About the Designer

Mario Bellini

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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