Mario Bellini for B&B Italia Side Table Element 'Gli Scacchi'
Mario Bellini for B&B Italia, side table element 'Gli Scacchi', black polyurethane, Italy, 1971
Mario Bellini desiged the 'gli scacchi' meaning 'the chess' in 1971. Self-skinning polyurethane was used as a material which is long lasting and easy to clean. The separated 'chess' fragment can be used as stool or as side table. Its geomtric shape makes it combined with the deep black color makes this piece of furniture an outstanding item in one's contemporary interior. This table has the manufacturer's mark on the bottom.
Mario Bellini (1935-) is trained as an architect and became one of the leading designers in postwar Italian style. In the beginning of his career, he worked together with Olivetti and Cassina 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.
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