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Cutter Chair

c. 2020

by Mario Bellini
for B&B Italia

Cutter Chair

by Mario Bellini
for  B&B Italia

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Mario Bellini’s Cutter chair from B&B Italia is a unique piece of furni­ture that stands out for its bold and distinc­tive design. The chair features a cut in the back­rest that pays homage to the great artist Lucio Fontana while also creat­ing a unique type of seating. The chair is func­tional and comfort­able when seated in a frontal posi­tion. Still, the back­rest’s top sections can also move inde­pen­dently, allow­ing users to sit side­ways and chat with someone beside them in a more infor­mal setting. The chair is enveloped in thick full-grain leather, creat­ing a perfect combi­na­tion of soft­ness and rigor, and the saddle stitch­ing adds to its overall elegance. The central slash reveals an inte­rior in refined Saffi­ano leather, adding to its luxu­ri­ous look and feel.


Mario Bellini


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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