Mario Bellini is internationally renowned as an architect and designer. He has received the Golden Compass Award eight times, and other prestigious architecture awards including the Medaglia d’oro awarded by the President of the Italian Republic for his contribution to furthering design and architecture in the world (2004) and the Ambrogino d’oro for civic merit awarded by the City of Milan (2011).
Featured in this journal entry is one of our favorite Mario Bellini designs – Le Bambole 07. Le Bambole won numerous awards in the 1970s including the prestigious Compasso d’Oro in 1979. On the occasion of its 35th anniversary, Bellini slightly modified the original design to create a slimmer profile, and it was reissued by B&B Italia in 2007 as Le Bambole ’07. The series now includes an armchair (Bambola), a two-seat sofa (Bibambola), a three seat sofa (Tribambola) as well as an ottoman (Bambouf) that is available in two sizes.
Mario Bellini has given talks in many of the world’s great cultural centers and was the editor of the magazine Domus from 1985 to 1991. He has 25 of his works in the permanent design collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art, which dedicated a personal retrospective to him in 1987.
He has held many art, design and architecture exhibitions over the years, both in Italy and abroad. Since the 1980’s, dedicating himself almost entirely to architecture, the manifold projects he has designed include the Portello Trade Fair district in Milan, the Villa Erba Exhibition Centre in Cernobbio (Como), the Tokyo Design Centre in Japan, the Natuzzi America Headquarters in the United States, the Essen Expo Centre in Germany, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, the headquarters of the Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt, the Verona Forum complex, the City History Museum in Bologna, the Department of Islamic Art at the Louvre in Paris, and the new Milan Convention Centre, the largest in Europe. Projects currently underway include the refurbishing works on the Brera Pinacoteca in Milan, while others nearing completion include the Erzelli Science and Technology Park in Genoa and the Civic Marble’s Square in Carrara. He has various projects at the design stage, which includes the “New Eco-City” of Zhenjiang in China and a large Residential, Cultural and Sports Complex in Qatar.