The playful Gli Scacchi series – named after and inspired by the game of chess – is composed of three elements representing the Queen, the Knight and the Ruck. Light and easy to move just like on a chessboard, Gli Scacchi is based on an idea of living free from constraints. The three elements create the shape of a parallelepiped through structures, made of soft polyurethane, that perfectly synchronise with the Camaleonda collection of seats. In the original 1971 version, Gli Scacchi represented a remarkable technical innovation as they were produced in self-skinning polyurethane foam, a solution which until then had only been used in the automotive industry. The 2020 version offers soft Kanu or thick leather covers with visible stitching. The elegant metal profile of the base emphasises the geometry of the shapes, in contrast with the overall softness of the object.
Internal frame and base-frame
multi-layered poplar wood
thermoplastic material and felt
leather Kanu or thick leather
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Mario Bellini is an architect and designer internationally renowned. He received the Golden Compass Award eight times and 25 of his works are in the permanent design collection of the New York MoMA, which dedicated to him a personal retrospective in 1987. He was editor of Domus magazine (1985-1991) and has designed countless art, design and architecture exhibitions over the years, both in Italy and abroad.
In 2015 the Milan Triennale awarded him the Gold Medal for his career in architecture and in 2017 dedicated him a retrospective exhibition which was then the subject of a world tour. Since 1980, he has mainly devoted himself to architecture with numerous prestigious creations including: the Portello Trade Fair district in Milan, the Villa Erba Exhibition and Convention Centre in Cernobbio (Como), the Tokyo Design Centre in Japan, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, the Department of Islamic Art at the Louvre in Paris, the new Milan Convention Centre, the new international Airterminal T3 in Rome Fiumicino.
Among the projects he is developing, the "Bin-County Project", a new city for entertainment, sport and culture in the Harbin area in China (2018-2023) and a large Residential Cultural and Sports Complex “Oasis” in the Gulf Area (2014-2022).