Mario Bellini Pianura lounge chairs Cassina Italy 1971

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Mario Bellini

Italy, 1935 –
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Rare pair of ‘Pianura’ lounge chairs designed by Mario Bellini and manufactured by Cassina in Italy in 1971. These low lounge chairs are a visual feast for the eye with its unique shape, featuring wide armrests that are delicately connected to the backrest. The back itself is beautiful and is made from warm walnut wood with a stunning grain and an open line in the middle. The seat and back cushions, covered in smooth black leather providing great comfort. The legs are made of durable black rubber. The overall appearance is minimalistic and architectural characterized by clean lines that contribute to a contemporary and look. In fantastic original condition. Priced and sold in a set of 2.

 

Literature; Repertorio Del Design Italiano 195o~2000 Volume 1 Giuliana Gramigna, page 189

 

Mario Bellini, a famous Italian designer and architect born in Milan in 1935, is well-known for combining nature-inspired looks with modern Italian design. He finished his studies at Politecnico di Milano in 1959 and quickly became a notable figure. Bellini worked at La Rinascente and Olivetti, where he managed design until 1993. In 1963, he started his design studio, Studio Bellini, creating notable pieces like the 932 leather armchair for Cassina.

 

In the 1970s, Bellini continued to make iconic designs, including the Colonato table, inspired by ancient Roman columns, and the Kar-a-Sutra concept car, displayed at MoMA in 1972. His collaborations included the Le Bambole armchair and sofa for B&B Italia and the Camaleonda sofa for C&B Italia. Bellini also designed the Divissuma calculator for Olivetti. His impact extended into the 1980s, where he worked on projects like the Cernobbio Convention Center.

 

Bellini’s notable furniture designs include the Bellini chair for Heller in 1998, the Ypsilon office chair for Vitra in 2001, and the Opera armchair by Meritalia in 2016. He received many awards, including eight Compasso d’Oro awards and a Medaglia d’Oro from the Triennale di Milano. In 1987, MoMA held a retrospective of his furniture design work, showcasing 25 of his pieces from its permanent collection.

 

The leather is reconditioned with a leather care product special for vintage leather. To give the leather some strength, color, and protection again after many years of usage.

Designer: Mario Bellini
Type: Pianura chairs
Manufacturer: Cassina
Year: 1971
Country: Italy
Materials: Walnut, leather
Condition: Very good, original
Height: 64/38 cm
Width: 104 cm
Depth: 90 cm
Item nr: APF23SE28

Holland / Belgium: € Free
Europe: € 150 - 750
Outside Europe: € 900 - 1850

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