Set of 8 Mario Bellini for Cassina 'Cab' Chairs
Mario Bellini for Cassina, set of 8 'cab' dining chairs, black and cognac leather, Italy, 1970s. Conceptually, the chair was designed to become marked and shaped over time by its user. The leather skin fits like a glove over the steel skeleton and fastens with four zippers. The whole design focuses on the way the side joins the back to support the weight of an arm. In order to make the base of the armrest comfortable and strong, the leather is appropriately shaped and formed in a double layer. Because the leather shapes to the sitter over time, this perfectly moulded finish of the chairs is extremely special. 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.