The Detail pages inside our 47th issue put a lens on five famed designers and the products they’re known for. Mario Bellini was part of this lineup. In addition to designing several landmark buildings – including the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne – he has designed pieces for some of the world’s most well-known brands – including Flos, B&B Italia and Cassina. As far as vintage collectables go, Mario Bellini’s pieces are widely coveted – most originating from the 70s. At the same time, brands continue to reissue his pieces through a contemporary lens.
This feature originally appeared in The Detail pages of est magazine issue 47: Creative State of Mind (pp. 202-213).
B&B Italia Camaleonda Sofa
A testament to the timelessness of Mario Bellini’s pieces, the Camaleonda sofa, which he designed for B&B Italia in the early 70s, has sustained five decades of design history as a true icon. The essence of this sculptural modular sofa is reflected in its name, which combines the Italian words ‘camaleonte’, meaning ‘chameleon’, and ‘onda’, meaning ‘wave’. Now coming in a range of fabrics, from leather to sumptuous velvets, the Camaleonda has to be one of Mario’s most well-known – if not the most well-known – designs.