19. 01. 2017
"Mario Bellini. Italian Beauty"
On show works designed by the Milanese architect for Cassina, sponsor of the exhibit.
Experimentation and innovation.
Bellini started collaborating with Cassina at a young age after a short design apprenticeship with “La Rinascente”, the prestigious Milanese department store. His first meeting with Cesare Cassina, where he proposed a table for which he had already won his first of eight Compasso d’Oro prizes, led to a strong relationship which can today be identified in a variety of innovative projects.
The experimental work carried out by Mario Bellini with Cassina in the 60’s and 70’s created some original and ground-breaking designs. Research of new materials and structural technology resulted in pieces like the timeless Break chair, conceived thanks to the application of a new type of polyurethane foam.
Mario Bellini’s passion and affinity for structural design can be particularly recognised in the tables designed for Cassina over the years (La Rotonda, La Basilica and Pantheon) which further highlight the close relationship between furniture design and architecture. Made up of columns, pilasters and crossed beams, these complex masterpieces also enhance Cassina’s long heritage mastery in working with wood.
Cab: a legend in design history.
With over 500,000 produced to date, one of Bellini’s most recognisable and copied designs is the Cab chair designed in 1977. The saddle leather fits like a glove over the chair’s metal skeleton to embrace the sinuous shape of the body. Cassina’s craftsmanship expertise is particularly evidenced in the workmanship of the upholstery, a long and complex process carried out in the brand’s factory in Meda. 16 different parts, cut with a CNC machine, undergo 14 subsequent manual processes resulting in a craftsmanship masterpiece.
La Triennale di Milano, 19/01/17 - 19/03/17