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Stacking Chair

Designer:
Mario Bellini (Italian, born Milan 1935)
Manufacturer:
Heller Incorporated
Date:
designed 1998, manufactured 1999
Medium:
Fiberglass-reinforced polypropylene
Dimensions:
H. 33 W. 17 1/2, D. 19 in. (83.8 x 44.5 x 48.3cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Heller Incorporated, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.352.1
Not on view
The Bellini chair utilizes the law of physics that states a hollow tube is stronger than a solid rod. A new technology was developed in order to be able to manufacture the chair with legs and perimeter which are hollow making it a very strong, yet lightweight, stackable seat.
Marking: (underside of seat): The Bellini Chair / by / M. Bellini [signature] / 1998 / Heller / Made in U.S.A.
Heller Incorporated, New York (1999–2001; their gift to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Century of Design, Part IV: 1975-2000," June 25, 2001–January 6, 2002, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Curator's Eye: J. Stewart Johnson, 1990–2004," March 1–November 6, 2005, no catalogue.

Jasper Morrison and Michael Horsham, ed. International Design Yearbook. Vol. 14, New York, 1999, p. 45.



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