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Mario Bellini "Duc" Sofa for Cassina

US$15,000

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405 Duc' three-seat sofa by Mario Bellini for Cassina, Italy, c.1970s. Leather-wrapped panels attached by zippers that is a classic Bellini design element to create the base structure for this piece with thick loose box cushions inside the frame that allow for very comfortable seating. The piping on the cushions adds a delicate detail to what is quite a masculine form. This piece is part of the Duc collection which was designed in 1976 - all of them exude sophistication. The Duc series was originally designed for the European market, and was not imported to American showrooms. In 2020 Bellini revisited the form and designed the Duc-Duc which did away with the cushy boxed side cushion and added a wood block base and small throw pillow inside to line each side of the inner frame. Dimensions: 93" width x 31" depth x 27" height, seat height is 15”, arm height is 23.75" Condition: Excellent vintage condition. Patinated leather has been conditioned.

Details

  • Creator
    Mario Bellini (Designer),Cassina (Manufacturer)
  • Similar to
    B&B Italia (Manufacturer)C&B Italia (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 27 in. (68.58 cm)Width: 31 in. (78.74 cm)Depth: 93 in. (236.22 cm)Seat Height: 15 in. (38.1 cm)
  • Style
    Post-Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1970s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1645224191572

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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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