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The first comprehensive monograph on Mario Bellini, one of Italy's most versatile and influential designers.
A key figure in the emergence of Italy as an important centre fore design in the 1960's, Mario Bellini is renowned for his elegant, dramatic and often poetic designs for, among others, Olivetti, Cassina, B&B Italia, Vitra and Artemide. He was the subject of a one man retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in 1987, the recipient of eight prestigious Compasso d'Oro industrial design awards, the Editor–in–Chief of the influential architecture and design magazine Domus (1986–91) and continues to produce architecture and design for clients and locations all over the world.
– Richly illustrated with over 500 images including sketches and photographs from Mario Bellini's archive, opened publicly for the first time.
– A complete catalogue of Bellini's design work, thematically presented, from calculators, typewriters, office and banking machines, to chairs, tables, sofas, and lighting. Features a series of essays, including an interview with Mario Bellini, covering the various aspects of his career and design processes.
- Format: Hardback
- Size: 270 x 205 mm (10 5/8 x 8 1/8 in)
- Pages: 320 pp
- Illustrations: 500 illustrations
- ISBN: 9780714869452
Enrico Morteo is an architect, editor, publisher, curator and a consultant of design and architecture. He has curated of a number of important programs and exhibitions including the ADI/ Compasso d'Oro Historical Collection, the Programmare l'arte exhibition for Venice and Milan, 2012–2013, the Uniqueness of Italy exhibition in Rome at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in 2011, the Roberto Sambonet exhibition held in Turin, Brasilia and Sao Paulo in 2008–09 and the exhibition Olivetti: Una bella società shown in Turin in 2008.
Enrico is also the author of a number of books including Grande Atlante del Design and the History of Architecture chapter of the Architecture Encyclopedia Garzanti. He has also worked with major Italian design magazines including Domus, Interni, Abitare, Modo, Lotus and Rassegna. His other cultural contributions include his appointment as Scientific Advisor for the Torino 2008 World Design Capital, his professorship of History of Design at Università IUAV di Venezia (1997–2000), and, since 1993, he has been the author of radio and television programs for the Italian National public broadcasting services Radio3 and RaiSatArt.
"Without curiosity you cannot create things."—Mario Bellini
"Designing something new has always been a moving experience for me, a rare privilege to be valued." —Mario Bellini
"One of the last great protagonists of Italian design."—The New York Times
"Bellini proved himself a prolific product designer working for Yamaha, Renault, Fiat..."—swide.com
"It's surprising that this is the first comprehensive monograph on Bellini—his award-winning electronic devices for Olivetti have had a far-reaching influence... Having served as the editor of Domus between 1985 and 1991, he offers an especially interesting historical perspective in an interview in this volume." —Metropolis
"A triumph... Insightful, poignant and unabashedly honest"—Identity
"Mario Bellini is one of those rare designers whose work can truly be said to span generations... [A] parade of candy-coloured forms and elaborate era-defining shapes."—Wallpaper
"This tome establishes Bellini as one of our era’s most essential furniture designers."—1stdibs Introspective Magazine
"[E]ngrossing... A significant contribution to design history."—Core77