Mario Bellini 'Il Collonato' White Marble Table for Cassina
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Mario Bellini for Cassina, dining table 'Il Colonnato', marble, Italy, 1970s.
This 'Il Colonnato' dining table was designed by Italian designer Mario Bellini. For this series of tables, Bellini was inspired by ancient Roman columns. This centre table consists of four cylindrical legs and a square top. The legs can be placed freely under the top.
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. Literature: - Gramigna, Giuliana. Repertorio del Design Italiano 1950-2000 per L'Arredamento Domestico. Allemandi: Torino, 2003. - Morteo, Enrico. Mario Bellini. Furniture, Machines & Objects. London: Phaidon, 2008. The black colored marble shows beautiful veins. The soft white and light grey tones make an interesting addition to the deep black stone. This table is in great condition. The top has no damages on the edge or chips missing. Minimal traces of use are visible on the top.