The world met the Bellini Chair (1998) when Heller placed six chairs in an all-white, 51-foot-long booth at the annual furniture fair in Milan. Many asked, “Is that chair by Mario Bellini?” as soon as they saw the sleek, sculptural lines. Others questioned if there was a metal frame hidden inside (there isn’t). DWR founder Rob Forbes saw it and fell in love. The DWR catalog was already at the printer but he stopped the presses to add the Bellini Chair to the cover. Today, Bellini Chairs are so popular that Heller is producing them seven days a week just to meet the demand. Crafted of injection-molded fiberglass-reinforced polypropylene, the Bellini Chair is a sturdy, stackable and lightweight chair that is as timeless and beautiful as it is versatile. Exceptionally comfortable with a slightly flexible back, it’s tough enough to withstand use in a busy restaurant while elegant enough to flatter a sophisticated studio or home. Bellini resides in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and in public spaces at MoMA, where durability counts as much as good design. This chair earned the celebrated Italian architect and designer his eighth Compasso d’Oro award in 2001. Stackable up to six high; suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Made in U.S.A.
Single-piece injection molding of fiberglass-reinforced polypropylene.
H 33" W 18" D 18" Seat H 18.5"
Care and Assembly
Instructions for caring for Molded Polycarbonate
Clean with a soft damp cloth and mild soap and water. Do not use acetone, trichloroethylene, ammonia or other cleaners that will corrode plastic. Also avoid ethyl alcohol, abrasive solvents, cleaning powders, steel wool and scouring sponges, which will dull the chair surface.
Mario Bellini is an architect, industrial designer, teacher, spokesman, curator and editor. He has played each of these roles with the same commitment to promoting design as his predecessors, Marco Zanuso and Vico Magistretti. He became one of the leading exponents of Italian design in the 1970's.
Mario Bellini studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano and shortly thereafter ascended to the position of design director at La Rinascente, an influential chain of Italian department stores. In 1963, he founded an architectural office with Marco Romano and ten years later, established Studio Bellini in Milan. Since 1963, he has held the position of chief design consultant for Olivetti. Read more >