Chair and armchair
with enameled steel frame. The seat is padded with polyurethane foam. Leather
upholstery zippered over the frame, in different colors. The versions in pigmented saddle leather is also available in three
colors: black, brown and Russian red.
The head of the family for a collection of chairs bearing this name – including an armchair, a small seat and a couch – CAB was designed in answer to deep questions regarding the exact nature of the semantic meaning of furniture. The chairs were conceived with the aim of helping to stretch the body, acting almost as an extension of the body, the frame is made of tubular steel over which a stitched leather cover has been stretched, and this is then fixed to the frame and held in place by four zips. The chair is now part of the permanent collection at the New York MoMA.
||Mario Bellini, born 1935 in Milan, studied architecture at the Milan Polytechnic. He taught at the Istituto Superiore di Disegno Industriale in Venice from 1962-65 and worked as a design consultant for Olivetti from 1963-91. He also designed independent products and furnishings beginning in 1963, establishing the architectural and design firm Studio Bellini in Milan in 1973. He served as a design consultant to Renault from 1978-82. In 1987 the New York Museum of Modern Art honoured him with a retrospective exhibition of his works. He was an instructor at the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna from 1982-83 and at the Domus Academy in Milan from 1983-85. Bellini was chief editor of Domus magazine between 1986-91. He assumed a position on the architectural faculty at the University of Genoa in 1995, and teaches seminars and workshops at universities and academic institutions around the world.|