Robot Amplified Rotating Antenna
Italy, 1981
Mario Bellini

Brionvega S.p.A.
ABS polymer casing
17⅛ x 11¹³⁄₁₆ x 11¹³⁄₁₆"

Shifting seamlessly between architecture and design, Milan-based Mario Bellini’s oeuvre spans both small objects and major buildings, united by their relationship to human scale. From the 1960s through the ’80s, Bellini developed a series of colored plastic typewriters and calculators that prompted numerous imitators. Their streamlined designs were at once minimal, sensible, and warm. Since the 1990s, Bellini has focused more on architectural projects, such as the redesign of the Department of Islamic Art in the Louvre’s courtyard. Designed to resemble a veil, the undulating canopy of diaphanous triangular panels echoes the geometry of the collection housed below, while also referring to human garb. “I have always mixed an anthropomorphic side into my objects. That could explain why I’m always searching for a human expression, an easily understandable structure of meanings,” he has said. —Artsy

(Photo: MoMA)