The Bellini Chair (1998) was an instant classic from the time it was unveiled. It won numerous awards on both sides of the Atlantic for architect and designer Mario Bellini, including Italy’s highest industrial design prize, the Compasso d’Oro. Bellini resides in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and in public spaces at MoMA and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, where durability counts as much as good design. Constructed of injection-molded fiberglass-reinforced polypropylene, this one-piece chair is strong, lightweight and easy to clean. A slightly flexible seat back provides good comfort, and plastic floor glides help protect delicate floors. Suitable for residential and commercial use both indoors and out. Stackable up to six high. Made in U.S.A.
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 >