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Vol Au Vent Chair

c. 2001

by Mario Bellini
for B&B Italia

Vol Au Vent Chair

by Mario Bellini
for B&B Italia

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Taking the inspi­ra­tion for its form from the now iconic Bellini Chair devel­oped in 1998 for Heller in plastic and for which Mario Bellini won a Compasso d’Oro in 2001, the Vol Au Vent Chair contin­ues Bellini’s ongoing explo­ration of levity within the chair form now with both an uphol­stery cover and padding.

As its wind­blown” moniker in French implies, Mario Bellini’s Vol Au Vent is sleek and light. The Vol Au Vent chair is composed of a steel inter­nal frame that is completely padded with a single piece of stamped Bayfit (Bayer) cold-shaped polyurethane foam with a poly­ester fiber cover. The look of this versa­tile piece can be changed by switch­ing the specially designed remov­able uphol­stery covers that are avail­able in numer­ous textile and leather options. The Vol Au Vent chair is also avail­able in two versions – the larger version as an armchair.

Mario Bellini is an Italian archi­tect and designer. He grad­u­ated from the Milan Poly­tech­nic – Faculty of Archi­tec­ture in 1959 and began working as an archi­tect himself in the early 1960s. He is the winner of 8 Compasso d’Oro and pres­ti­gious archi­tec­ture awards includ­ing the Medaglia d’Oro conferred on him by the Pres­i­dent of the Italian Repub­lic. Like many other Italian archi­tects, his activ­i­ties range from archi­tec­ture and urban plan­ning to product and furniture design.

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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