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Pair of Mario Bellini 3 Seat 'Pianura' Sofas & Table, Mohair & Solid Walnut 1971

$22,500per set

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A beautiful and rare Mario Bellini 'PIANURA', modular living room set comprising a pair of three seat sofas with the matching 'pianura' coffee table. This is a modular system so you could rearrange the sofas into a four seat sofa and a two seat sofa too should that configuration be more suitable, please see images 3,6 and 7/ The seating elements have all been freshly reupholstered in beautiful high quality mohair fabric. The large sculptural form armrests and seat frames are made of beautiful solid italian walnut wood, the armrests are large enough to be used as a small side table. The matching coffee table is finished in matching solid italian walnut with lovely figuring to the wood. The table has the same footprint as one of the single seating elements without armrests so it could be inserted as a corner element for a 90 degree configuration of sofas or at the end of a sofa or even in-between seating elements. Bellini designed the 'pianura series ' for Cassina, Italy in 1971, the series was designed to be a complete modular lounge system, from individual lounge chairs, with and without armrests, to modular sofas through to matching 'pianura' walnut side tables. Please see black and white photo taken from original Cassina ring bound catalog (last image) which illustrates the variations of seating elements. Please also refer to the color photo with the red background published in Bosoni's book on the history of Cassina where you can see a full ensemble of Bellini's 'Pianura' elements alongside his stainless steel 'Chiara' floor lamps, please see image 4. Please note: The Dimensions listed in the main dimensions section are only for a single 3 seat sofa. Dimensions of a 3 seat sofa configuration with armrests : 104.33 inches long x 36.6 inches deep x 26.77 inches high, seating height 13.78 inches or 265 cm long x 93 cm deep x 68 cm high; seating height 35cm Dimensions of a four seat sofa configuration with armrests : 138.8 inches long x 36.6 inches deep x 26.77 inches high, seating height 13.78 inches or 350 cm long x 93cm deep x 68 cm high, seating height 35cm Dimensions of a 2 seat sofa configuration with armrests: 72.84 inches long x 36.6 inches deep x 26.77 inches high, seating height 13.78 inches or 185 cm long x 93 cm deep x 68cm high, seating height 35cm Dimensions of 'pianura' italian walnut coffee table : 31.5 inches x 31.5 inches x 4.53 inches high or 80 cm x 80 cm x 11.5cm high Literature: 'THE YEARS OF ITALIAN DESIGN - A PORTRAIT OF CESARE CASSINA’, Pier Carlo Santini, ELECTA, 1983 page 111 'MADE IN CASSINA' page 229, Bosoni, SKIRA, 2008. ' Repertorio 1950-1980', Gramigna, pg. 341, please see second to last image Original period Cassina ring bound catalog, please see last image.

Details

  • Creator
    Cassina (Manufacturer),Mario Bellini (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 26.78 in. (68 cm)Width: 104.34 in. (265 cm)Depth: 36.62 in. (93 cm)Seat Height: 13.78 in. (35 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 7
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1971
  • Condition
    Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use. Normal user wear consistent with age and use, new top quality mohair upholstery. Full condition report upon request.
  • Seller Location
    bergen op zoom, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU930123410052

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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-beloved 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 beloved 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 1972 Camaleonda sofa for B&B Italia. Designed as an entrant to the 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. It 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’s furniture — including walnut dining tables, mid-century sofas and more — today at 1stDibs.
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