Cab was conceived by the architect Mario Bellini in 1977, as an extension and prosthesis for the body: a skeleton in tubular steel and stretched, stitched leather, fastened to the frame with four zips. In a chair version or as an armchair with armrests, it comes in saddle leather in a vast assortment of colors and in saddle leather dyed in three different shades. Cab is part of the collection at the MoMA in New York and remains one of Cassina’s bestsellers.
||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.|