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Le Mura Sofa

c. 1972/2022

by Mario Bellini
for Tacchini

Le Mura Sofa

by Mario Bellini
for  Tacchini

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Tacchini redis­cov­ers Mario Bellini’s Le Mura sofa and reis­sues it, respect­ing the orig­i­nal design by high­light­ing the voca­tion to comfort. In the 70s, Italian design answered aesthetic, propor­tion, and ergonomic ques­tions but also addressed social content. The result is a project of inex­haustible strength that does not wear out after fifty years. Le Mura is a space for conver­sa­tion with an active role in the home, encour­ag­ing dynamism within the family. Its modu­lar­ity is central to the design, as expressed in its name. Like large boul­ders that made up the Roman walls, seating elements come together in a theo­ret­i­cally infi­nite process. In this way, the sofa lends itself to small but also large spaces without losing its styl­is­tic aspect. The sofa system adds to the flex­i­bil­ity of life while creat­ing a comfort­able space for people to come together.

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Mario Bellini

Italy

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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