Tray, Mario Bellini (Italian, born Milan 1935), Silverplate, rose quartz, lapis lazuli


Mario Bellini (Italian, born Milan 1935)
Cleto Munari
Silverplate, rose quartz, lapis lazuli
1 1/2 x 19 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (3.8 x 50.2 x 50.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Cleto Munari, 1988
Accession Number:
Not on view
Although trained as an architect, Bellini is known less for his buildings than for his product design. This tea and coffee service, a prototype for the silversmith Cleto Munari, reveals Bellini's strong architectural background. All of the elements are reduced to minimal geometry: squares, circles, cylinders, a hemisphere. Postmodernist designers often refer to a classical past through the use of historical detail. Bellini however, suggests the discipline of classical architecture through form alone, without using any sort of conventional ornament.
Cleto Munari, Vincenza, Italy (until 1988; gift to MMA)

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