Designed by Mario Bellini for Flos in 1969, the Chiara floor lamp is created in an origami-like structure, from a sheet of polished stainless steel with black edges that is cut and rolled into a cylinder. The shape hides an LED lighting source that is placed on the floor. The light it provides is reflected and diffused by a large ‘hat’ that is also available in a smaller table model in a variety of finishes: aluminum with anthracite edges, dark grey with olive green edges, and pink gold with red edges.
Mario Bellini is one of Italy’s most renowned design talents. As an architect, he has designed structures around the world, such as the Tokyo Design Centre, the National Gallery of Victoria, and the Milan Convention Centre. His illustrious oeuvre also moves far beyond architecture—he’s a skilled industrial designer, urban planner, and furniture designer who has influenced all corners of the industry.
Bellini began his foray into the design world as an architect in the 1960’s, and by 1963 he started to incorporate furniture and product design into his work. For nearly three decades, Bellini was the chief design consultant for Olivetti, where he created product designs for typewriters, portable calculators, and early computer consoles. Bellini’s masterful understanding of form became evident in both his product and furniture work. Many of the bestselling designs from his early career, such as Le Bambole seating line for B&B Italia and the Cab chair for Cassina, continue to be produced.
With over 25 pieces of his industrial design in their permanent collection, MoMA celebrated Bellini’s contribution to the design world with a 1987 retrospective of his work.
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