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Design stars

MARIO BELLINI: One of the greatest Italian architects and designers of the 20th century


"Perhaps it's more difficult to design a chair - which is unchanged since a thousand years - than a skyscraper or a car, as it have to deal not only with the mere act of sitting, but also with our vision of the world, with all the different anthropologic angles. With our private and public behaviours, which are rooted into our housing rituals". (interview with Corriere della Sera, september 1979)

Internationally renowned as an architect and designer, winner among others of 8 Compasso d’Oro and prestigious architecture awards including the Medaglia d’Oro conferred on him by the President of the Italian Republic. He has given talks in the greatest centres of culture in the world and was editor of Domus. His work can be found in the Collections of major Art Museums. MoMA in New York, which dedicated a personal exhibition to him, has 25 works of his in its Permanent Design Collection. He has had countless exhibitions in his name in Italy and abroad.
From the 1980s onwards, he has designed projects such as the Portello Trade Fair quarter in Milan, the Exhibition Centre in Villa Erba on Lake Como, the Tokyo Design Center in Japan, Natuzzi America Headquarters in the USA, the Trade Fair in Essen in Germany, and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.
Projects getting under way at present include the new Cultural Centre in Turin, the only example of its kind of a public library in Italy; and the renovation and restyling of Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan.

Among the best architectural creations:
• New Museum of the city of Berlin, Germany, 2008
• European Patent Office, L'Aja, Olanda, 2004
• Cittanova 2000, Modena, 2003
• Redevelopment of the City Centre of Tian Jin, China, 2003
• Banca CR Firenze-New H.Q., Italy, 2003
• New International Trade Fair of Milan – Rho/Pero, Milan, 2002
• Stolitza Towers di Mosca, 1996
• Dubai Creek Complex, Emirati Arabi Uniti, 1994
• Complesso Goshikidai Marina Resort, Giappone, 1993

Mario Bellini was also very active in the field of objects design.
A selection of these stunning objects is now available in DomuS3D® database to make your projects as beautiful and precious as ever.
Look for them in the section DOWNLOAD under the tag “Maticad generic objects” in order to download them in your pc.
Then you only have to type Mario Bellini in the research field in the FURNISHING section.

1 - Ki chair

3 - Sudoku bookshelf

5 - La Basilica table

7 - Le Bambole chairs

9 - Opera table

2 - La Rotonda table

4 - FLOS Chiara lamp

6 - Spaceage vintage TV

8 - Knoll shelf