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1970s Mario Bellini C & B Italia 'Amanta' Sofa & Coffee Table

US$2,764.43Asking Priceper item

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1970s C&B Italia 'Amanta' modular or sectional four chair sofa and coffee table designed by Mario Bellini in 1966. Produced in 1973. C&B Italia are known as B&B Italia today. The four chairs are made from an enameled Fiberlite structure raised from the ground on four round hard black rubber feet. Each chair has three separate cushions. The removable foam block base cushion is secured in place with a small white toggle which slots into the base which stops it from sliding. The back and upper base cushion are extremely comfortable with three feature buttons on each. The fibreglass shells are in good original condition with no chips or cracks but do have some discoloration on their underside which isn't visible but worth noting. The original black velvet corduroy fabric shows some wear specifically where the head rests on the cushions along with some sun fading. There is also a tear to the back of one cushion which is noted in the images. The price has taken these issues into consideration. You may wish to recover them to your specifications but I don't think it's entirely necessary. The cushions have been completely professionally cleaned by Fantastic Cleaners in London. Some small repairs have been to the fabric by a professional upholsterer. I have illustrated the repairs in the images. The matching square side table or coffee table is also made of Fiberlite in white with an indented tabletop. It can be placed to fill the gap in the corner where the chairs meet or as a standalone piece if you wish. A wonderful set which is easy to transport and well-designed for upper floor flats where a sofa won't fit up the stairs. Perfect for a TV room, den, or living room setting. Single chair dimensions: W 80cm, D 80cm, H 86cm, SH 38cm The coffee table is the larger size: W 84cm, D 84 x 36 cm.

Details

  • Creator
    Mario Bellini (Designer),C&B Italia (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 27.56 in. (70 cm)Width: 33.47 in. (85 cm)Length: 27.56 in. (70 cm)Seat Height: 17.33 in. (44 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1970s
  • Condition
    Repaired: Parts of the fabric was torn which have been repaired. Apart from one which is shown in the images. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor structural damages. Minor fading.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2660320108822

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About the Designer

Mario Bellini

Milan-born architect and designer Mario Bellini just may be the closest thing to a modern-day Renaissance man: His creative output spans genres, from electronics to furniture to architecture to cars, comprising iconic designs in each. He has been the recipient of multiple prestigious Compasso d’Oro design awards, and more than 20 of his works are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.Born in 1935, Bellini studied architecture at the Polytechnic University of Milan before founding his own firm in his native city in the early 1960s. He soon branched out beyond architecture, however, first for the tech manufacturer Olivetti, where he served as chief industrial design consultant from 1963 to 1991. During that time, Bellini oversaw the design of some of Olivetti’s most popular typewriters.His penchant for electronic design didn’t stop there: Bellini also designed cameras for Fuji, televisions for Brionvega and a slew of audio devices for Yamaha, then served as design consultant for Renault and devised the interior of the 1980 Lancia Trevi for Fiat. Meanwhile, his architecture work spans continents, including such modern gems as the Museum of Islamic Arts at the Louvre, the National Gallery of Victoria extension in Melbourne, the Dubai Creek Complex and the Milan Convention Centre in his hometown.And then there’s the furniture: Over the last 70 years, Bellini has designed office furniture for Vitra; lamps for Artemide, Erco and FLOS; porcelain for Rosenthal and long-admired sofas and other seating for Kartell, Natuzzi, B&B Italia, Cassina and more.His oft-imitated 1977 Cab chair for Cassina, comprising 16 individual pieces of saddle leather that create a “skin” over a minimal metal frame, remains one of the manufacturer’s best sellers today. His pudgy-legged, round tables for Cassina foreshadow Faye Toogood’s widely loved Roly Poly line. His postmodern Summa armchairs for Kartell, as well as his elegant Chiara floor lamp, still lure collectors on vintage furniture websites.Bellini’s most famous contribution to furniture design, though, may be his 1970 Camaleonda sofa for B&B Italia (then C&B Italia). An entrant to the 1972 MoMA show “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape,” the seat takes its name from the Italian words for chameleon and wave. Its bulbous, modular form makes it infinitely flexible. The sofa was a runaway hit at the show and, once discontinued, remained so popular among vintage dealers that B&B Italia reissued it in 2020 with all recycled materials and interchangeable seat covers. “Of all the objects I have designed, Camaleonda is perhaps the best in terms of its sense of freedom,” Bellini said.Browse an expansive collection of Mario Bellini furniture — including dining tables, armchairs, mid-century sofas and more — today on 1stDibs.
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