Mario Bellini: Italian of the Week

003-mario-bellini-theredlistDesigner and architect Mario Bellini was born on February 1, 1935, in Milan, Italy. He attended and received his doctorate in architecture from Politecnico di Milano (Milan Polytechnic) in 1959. Two years later, he began as the design director of La Rinascente – a popular department store in Italy. In the 1960s and 70s, Mario designed typewriters for Olivetti, cassette decks for Yamaha, record players for Minerva, and his own line of furniture.

SEAT-OPERA_001During his long career, Mario served as a consultant for Cassina, Vitra and Renault. He also designed a number of art and architecture exhibitions all over the world. Since the 1980s, Mario has dedicated himself to architecture. He’s designed the Tokyo Design Center in Japan, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, the Natuzzi America Headquarters in the United States and the Convention Center in Milan. Currently, Mario has several projects in the works including the new International Terminal at the Fiumicino Airport in Rome and the New Eco-City in Zhenjiang, China.

Sources: Mario Bellini Architects, Design Within Reach, R & Company

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