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'Amanta' Fiberglass Lounge Chair by Mario Bellini for C&B Italia, c. 1966 Signed

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This 'Amanta' lounge chair by Mario Bellini for C&B Italia is special and unique because it is from the original years of production between 1966 and 1972 prior to B&B's production years. This example is ideal for a collector client. It is rare to find an original production set from the original C&B years of production. C&B Italia was the original company formed in 1966 by Cesare Cassina (of the company Cassina) and Piero Ambrogio Busnelli. In 1973 Cassina left and C&B became B&B Italia owned and operated by the Busnelli family still to this day. The 'Amanta' system was designed in 1966 by Mario Bellini in the same year C&B was formed. This lounge chair was from the original production years from 1966 to 1972. The innovative Fiberlite frames are lightweight and strong. Round black rubber feet on top of blue fabric cushions. Signed on the fiberglass frames underneath and under the seat cushions with original C&B labels and embossing (seen in photos). This Mario Bellini 'Amanta' sectional sofa system would work great in a Post-Modern, Mid-Century Modern, Space Age Mod, Scandanavian Modern or Danish Modern home or penthouse apartment but could also look fantastic in a Contemporary or Zen / Minimalism room. Also consider mixing it up in a Traditional, Transitional, Hollywood Regency, Classical or Art Deco room with a splash of juxtaposition. Would also be an apt choice in a commercial project such as a hotel lobby lounge or members club, creative design studio or high-rise executive office. Consider using as a three seat sofa, a settee and lounge chair or three separate side chairs, bedside chairs, fireside chairs, dressing or changing room chairs, hallway chairs, entryway or mudroom chairs, nursing or reading chairs, guest chairs, lobby chairs, lounge chairs or occasional chairs ideal in virtually any setting. MEASUREMENTS: H 27" x W 30.5" x D 32" Seat Height: 17.5" Seat Depth: 22.5" CONDITION: Fiberglass frame and fabric is in good vintage condition with moderate age, wear and patina throughout. Ideal for a room with other vintage items.

Details

  • Creator
    Mario Bellini (Designer),C&B Italia (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 27 in. (68.58 cm)Width: 30.5 in. (77.47 cm)Depth: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Seat Height: 17.5 in. (44.45 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1966
  • Condition
    Fiberglass frame and fabric is in good vintage condition with moderate age, wear and patina throughout. Ideal for a room with other vintage items.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1330223230812

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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-beloved 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 beloved 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 1972 Camaleonda sofa for B&B Italia. Designed as an entrant to the 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. It 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’s furniture — including walnut dining tables, mid-century sofas and more — today at 1stDibs.
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Located in Los Angeles, CA

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