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Habitually Chic Designer: Mario Bellino

by habituallychic

10 . 20 . 08

The chairs in our conference room at work were designed by the award-winning Italian designer Mario Bellini and the more I learn about him, the more impressed I am. And after seeing his Milan Pilazzo in the New York Times magazine, I think I’m in love. The mix of different periods of furniture and art is perfection as are the gorgeous photos by Jason Schmidt. In the living room above, the paintings are 20th-century Italian, the furnishings are by Bellini, Alvar Aalto, Norman Cherner and others.

Mario Bellini graduated from the Politecnico di Milano in 1959 and has led a prolific career since then which includes practicing architecture; designing furniture for Cassini, B&B Italia, and Vitra among others; editing the magazine Domus; and teaching. And that’s the short version!

The stairway frames the living room and leads up to the library.

The murals in the dining room were painted by British artist David Tremlett and the Cab Chairs were designed by Bellini in 1979.

The library is visible from the foyer that contains an “eclectic blend of objects” from various eras.

Behind the house is a beautiful garden.

I love how the 16th-century Aubusson tapestry acts as an extension of the headboard in the bedroom.

Another view of the impressive library.

“A pivoting silver-leafed wood panel separates the home office form the foyer.” Bellini’s desk is actually an Ettore Sottsass’s La Strutture Tremano table.

Even the indoor swimming pool is fabulous.

Bellini’s architecture and design studio is housed in a former industrial space in Milan and was designed in zinc coated iron. Below is the main studio space.

Photos by Jason Schmidt

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  1. vicki archer October 20, 2008 | 6:37 am

    Super stunning, what a brilliant designer – every image is fabulous.

  2. The House of Beauty and Culture October 20, 2008 | 7:31 am


  3. Alice Olive October 20, 2008 | 2:08 pm

    Oh wow. The stairs leading up to the library and framing the living area. Wow.

  4. Habitually Chic October 20, 2008 | 3:01 pm

    Vicki – I agree. What creativity!

  5. Habitually Chic October 20, 2008 | 3:01 pm

    House of Beauty and Culture – genius is a great word to describe Mario Bellini and his home!

  6. Habitually Chic October 20, 2008 | 3:02 pm

    Alice – it reminds me of something you would photograph!

  7. Luphia October 20, 2008 | 5:06 pm

    that pool is so unique, love it!

  8. Fifi Flowers October 20, 2008 | 8:28 pm

    LOVE the ceilings! Great details!

    BTW… I’ve been meaning to tell you thank you… one of your posts came in handy… and of course I linked back to you! I borrowed your Giraffe Manor photo for my Out of Africa post. That Manor looks INCREDIBLE!

  9. Gina October 20, 2008 | 8:47 pm

    absolutely stunning these designs!
    Just came back from Sicily, great architecture and great modern designs as well as old ones.
    Gina from Germany

  10. katiedid October 21, 2008 | 7:12 pm

    Oh, the CEILINGS! Amazing.

  11. The Lil Bee October 22, 2008 | 3:35 am

    That has to be the prettiest garden I have ever seen…