Design: Mario Bellini (2020).
A sculptural table, a powerful and unexpected item - Blitz is an amazing new Mario Bellini’s project for B&B Italia. A flat, slim and geometric external frame finds its natural completion in the curved and sinuous shapes of the interior, aesthetic and constructive solutions reminiscent of a suspension bridge are revealed. Bamboo was chosen for the frame due to its lightness and rapid growth. It is a versatile wood with intrinsic features which are ennobled by a fine solid wood processing. It is unexpected and unusual for indoor use but one that follows and relaunches the traditional quality of our materials; this is for an object which is a unique synthesis of design, engineering and high-quality cabinetmaking. The table’s external parts show the natural bamboo grain, underlining the quality, care, and precision each wood module has been worked.
The surface pattern contrasts with the table’s interior, where we discover a soft black finish with shellac effect. It is a solution that generates surprising visual effects of flat surfaces that appear to be floating on curved shadows. The three-meter-long and 95-centimeter-deep top folds at the ends like origami, becoming a support that tapers and folds again to rest on the ground. The countless technological solutions guarantee extreme solidity despite the apparent lightness. Blitz is not a monolith but is composed of several elements to simplify transport and access any environment. It can be used as a dining table, or a desk for a prestigious office or as a welcome table in a large and majestic space.
Space defined by Blitz resembles a theatre, a place containing a wealth of stories and expectations, a world of applied technology, craftsmanship, rich sensorial perception, and strong emotions. We find ourselves in front of a table with a strong scenic presence while being almost impossibly abstract and yet extremely solid, a highly versatile table with a powerful personality. Blitz will be produced in a limited edition of 100 pieces. Mario Bellini has imagined a new classic and B&B Italia has made it a reality.
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