Customizable Mario Bellini 'Camaleonda' Modular Sofa in Cognac Leather
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Mario Bellini, large modular 'Cameleonda' sofa, cognac leather upholstery, Italy, 1971, re-upholstered by our in-house upholstery atelier.
The sectional elements this sofa was made with, can be used freely and apart from one another. The backs and armrests are provided with rings and carabiners, which allows the user to create a perfect 'seating landscape.' This design became famous almost immediately after it was featured in the exhibition 'The New Domestic Landscape' held in the MOMA Museum in 1972. The sofa is very comfortable, and the fact this wonderful piece is modular, provides endless flexible solutions for any project or living room. This sofa consists out of seven seating elements, five large elements and two smaller ones. In addition of five backrests and two armrests. The sofa was completely reupholstered in a wonderful cognac leather by the experienced craftsmen of our in-house atelier.
Mario Bellini (1935-) is trained as an architect and became one of the leading designers in post-war Italian style. In the beginning of his career, he worked together with Olivetti, Cassina and B&B Italia which resulted in an early knowledge of synthetic resins and polyurethanes. His furniture is exciting, both in its use of material as in the originality of his designs. Bellini did not believe in precise boundaries of design, instead, he designed for the relationship of man and environment. It is impossible to pigeon hole Bellini's oeuvre, as his work is so complex and original.
- Ambasz, Emilio. Italy: The New Domestic Landscape. Achievements and Problems of Italian Design. New York: MoMA, 1972.
- Gramigna, Giuliana. Repertorio del Design Italiano 1950-2000 per L'Arredamento Domestico. Allemandi: Torino, 2003, p. 188.