The Cab Chair designed by Mario Bellini for Cassina thickness of the saddle leather functions like a sling and, as such, gently “gives” with pressure from the sitter. This creates a remarkably organic aesthetic that celebrates the leather itself and provides a subtle, engaging difference between individual chairs within a group of Cab chairs. The exaggerated stitching along the perimeter of the cover creates the illusion that the leather was sewn directly onto the cab side chair’s form.
Unlike so many designers that have celebrated tubular steel as part of the object’s aesthetic – think Le Corbusier, Jeanneret, and Perriand’s iconic lounge seating from the late 1920s or Marcel Breuer’s Wassily Chair from 1925 – Bellini used tubular steel to create the unseen “skeleton” for his chair over which he has stretched a tightly fitting cover in thick saddle leather that engulfs the legs, seat, and back. The cover fits over this tubular steel frame of the Cab chair and is opened or closed through the addition of zippers on the leather surrounding each of its legs.
The Cab chair without arms is available in sixteen different saddle leather colors – including natural, taupe, Russian red, briar root, and black – all of the aforementioned are available as part of our Quick Ship program.
Please contact CONTEXT at 800.886.0867 to review leather options along current Quick Ship inventory.
Tubular steel “skeleton” construction
20.5” width, 18.5” depth, 32.3” height; seat height is 17.7”
Available in 10 saddle leather colors
Saddle leather cover in black, taupe, Russian red, briar root and natural are Quick Ship options
Permanent collection – Museum of Modern Art, New York
Roscoe Award, 1979
ASID Award, 1979