Cubo 15 Television
Italy, 1992
Mario Bellini

Glass, enameled and perforated steel
15 × 15 × 13¼”

Born in Milan in 1935, Bellini attended the Politecnico di Milano for a degree in architecture. He graduated in 1959, and from the very beginning of his career his prominence increased rapidly. From 1959 to 1962, Mario Bellini managed the design department of the Italian department store La Rinascente, and in 1963, he served as chief design consultant for Olivetti, a role that he retained until 1993. Also in 1963, Bellini opened his own design studio, Studio Bellini, and created an array of innovative Italian furniture design pieces, such as the 932 leather armchair designed for Cassina in 1964.

From 1985 until 1991, Bellini was the editor of Domus magazine, and during this time, his attention focused toward his duties at Domus and his architectural projects, especially the design and creation of the Cernobbio Convention Center (1986–1990).

Bellini continues to be a vibrant contributing member of architectural discourse; some of his large architectural projects over the last two and a half decades are the Tokyo Design Centre in Japan (1988–1992), the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia (1996–2002); the City History Museum at the Palazzo Pepoli of Bologna (completed in 2012); the renovation of portions of Fiumicino Airport in Rome (2014–2017); the construction of the New Eco-City at Zhenjiang (2013–2020); and the creation of the Oasis Residential Cultural and Sports Complex (2014–2022) in Qatar. —Casati Gallery

(Photo: Wright)