452 La Rotonda
This table designed by architect Mario Bellini in 1976 has a simple sculpted base, a diagonal intersection of three legs with square cross section, which supports a Ø 165 cm table top, bound together by strong joints carved directly from the solid wood, the utmost expression of Cassina’s wood craftsmanship.
The base is made from natural ash with walnut or black stain, natural walnut, walnut-stained walnut or Canaletto walnut with a glass surface; the natural ash, natural walnut and walnut stained walnut bases can have the surface in the same wood. La Rotonda also exists as a low side table with a Ø 125 cm top only in glass with base in natural or black stained ash, natural walnut or Canaletto walnut.
||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.|