Originally designed in 1969, Chiara lamp is a simple construction formed from a simple sheet of polished stainless steel that had been cut and rolled into a cylinder.
This self-supporting, origami-like structure hides the lighting source. The light is then reflected and diffused by large "hat", which resembles a nun's wimple and veil. Even switched off, Chiara's strong and charismatic identity makes a striking impression.
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). He has designed countless art, design and architecture exhibitions over the years, both in Italy and abroad. Since 1991 he is Royal Honorary Designer of RDI. Since the 1980’s Mario Bellini, dedicating himself almost entirely to architecture, has designed numerous kinds of buildings.
His career as a product and furniture designer began in 1963, and from 1963 to 1991 he was chief design consultant for Olivetti. For many years he designed furnishing products and systems for B&B Italia and Cassina, TV sets for Bryonyega, and hi-fi systems, headphones and electric organs for Yamaha.
For five years he worked as an automobile design consultant with Renault and he has also designed for Fiat, Lancia, office furniture for Vitra and lamps for Flos.