Designer

Mario Bellini

Mario Bellini was born in 1935 in Milan and received a degree in Architecture from the Milan Polytechnic in 1959. His work as a designer began in 1963 as a consultant for Olivetti, a company for which he created typewriters and calculators, including Programma 101 (1965), TVC 250 (1967), Logos 50-60 (1973), and Divisumma 18 (1973). In 1987, Bellini founded Mario Bellini Associati, later to become the internationally renowned Mario Bellini Architects, based in Milan. Bellini has been awarded the Compasso d'Oro eight times. He received the Gold Medal of the Chartered Society of Designers and the Honorary Title of Designer for Industry of the RSA, both English awards. In 2004, he received the Gold Medal awarded by the President of the Italian Republic. In 2011, he was awarded the Gold Medal of Civic Merit of the Municipality of Milan (Ambrogino d'Oro). In 2015, he received the Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Architecture by the Milan Triennale, which in January 2017 dedicated an extensive retrospective to him.