An armchair, a dining chair and a sofa, of a simple style, familiar and authentic, created thanks to the extraordinary crafts skills proprietary to Cassina. The initial design, Le Tentazioni, dates from 1973, the objective being to find an alternative to traditional armchairs with their rigid seats and vertical lines. In the original design, the upholstery not only serves as a cover for the frame within, but also an expression of the inter-dependent relationship between it and the frame. This dictates the way the fabric falls, and how the fabric will cover it. In the intervening years, the constant evolution of constructional techniques has enabled Cassina to upgrade the design, the latest iterations being the 684 and 685, which are more comfortable than ever, while remaining just as visually impactful design-wise.
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.