Mario Bellini has been an Italian architect and designer for more than half a century. Bellini began his career as an architect in the early 1960s, after graduating from the Politecnico di Milano in 1959.
During his career Bellini worked in all fields of object design, designing everything from cars for Renault and Citroen to typewriters for Olivetti. For the last mentioned, Bellini worked for over thirty years designing all kinds of office furniture and equipment.
In the mid-1960s Bellini started working for the Cassina and B&B Italia furniture factories. For these pieces he created some of his most famous works including the CAB armchair, and the Camaleonda and Bambole sofas, became classics included in the permanent collection of New Yorks MoMA. In 1987 MoMA organized a solo exhibition of Bellinis works, 25 pieces of which were already part of museum’s collection.
Currently Bellini is the recipient of eight Compasso dOro Awards, as well as other prestigious architectural awards, including the Medaglia dOro, presented to him by the President of Italy.