Mario Bellini, ‘Camaleonda modular sofa’, 1971, Wright
Mario Bellini, ‘Camaleonda modular sofa’, 1971, Wright
Mario Bellini, ‘Camaleonda modular sofa’, 1971, Wright

This modular sofa is comprised of three units that can be linked together or used individually. Signed with applied manufacturer's label to underside of three elements: [Made in Italy for AI Atelier International Limited]. Signed with applied manufacturer's label to underside of three elements: [B&B Italia Novedrate, Como Sistema Camaleonda Designer M. Bellini Modello Depositato].

Italy

Manufacturer: B&B Italia

Repertorio 1950-1980, Gramigna, pg. 341 Italy: The New Domestic Landscape, Branzi, pg. 120 Domus, November 1971, unpaginated Domus, July 1972, unpaginated

Collection of Michael Maharam, New York

About Mario Bellini

Shifting seamlessly between architecture and design, Milan-based Mario Bellini’s oeuvre spans both small objects and major buildings, united by their relationship to human scale. From the 1960s through the ’80s, Bellini developed a series of colored plastic typewriters and calculators that prompted numerous imitators. Their streamlined designs were at once minimal, sensible, and warm. Since the 1990s, Bellini has focused more on architectural projects, such as the redesign of the Department of Islamic Art in the Louvre’s courtyard. Designed to resemble a veil, the undulating canopy of diaphanous triangular panels echoes the geometry of the collection housed below, while also referring to human garb. “I have always mixed an anthropomorphic side into my objects. That could explain why I’m always searching for a human expression, an easily understandable structure of meanings,” he has said.

Italian, b. 1935, Milan, Italy