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Chiara Table Lamp

c. 1969/2020

by Mario Bellini
for Flos

The origami inspired Chiara table lamp is formed from a simple sheet of polished stain­less steel that has been cut and rolled into a cylin­der, elegantly hiding the LED light­ing source that is placed on the floor. Designed by Mario Bellini in 1969, the light that this re-edition of the Chiara provides is reflected and diffused by a large hat,’ which resem­bles a nun’s wimple and veil.

Chiara uses cutting-edge tech­nol­ogy and comprises 2 models: the classic floor lamp in stain­less steel with black edges and a new smaller table model in a variety of finishes – aluminum with anthracite edge, dark grey with olive green edges, and pink gold with red edges. 

Mario Bellini

Italy (1935)

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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