Chair 932 by Mario Bellini
Bellini's aim in designing Chair 932 was to create an interchangeable system whereby cushions could
be arranged to form a one, two or three seat chair, simply by adding further cushions and putting a longer belt
Le Corbusier's Grand Contort. with its use of large unconnected cushions simply held in position,
influenced this design, but his rigid frame did not allow for rearrangement or extension. There is a similar
satisfaction, however, in seeing the undisguised construction of the chair.
The new and unique aspect of this design is the connecting belt. It passes through wide flat loops
stitched into the leather covering of each cushion, and so their position, and therefore their function within the
chair, is not inter-changeable.
This opulent chair, without any conventional structure, could be built in a traditional upholstery
workshop. Bellini's design has come at a time when such luxurious shapes are in use again. Perhaps we have overcome
the widespread mid-century reaction against the heavily upholstered furniture of the inter-war period, and can now
again accept luxury seating of this sort.
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