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Mario Bellini
1971

An ode to geometric regularity that comes at the end of a long meditation on form and function.

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Design

Sound sculpting

A simple white cuboid that opens up and is reconfigured in a sophisticated Hi-Fi listening machine with two speakers that open to reveal the stereo module, radio and turntable.

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Its rigorous monolithic design allows it to adapt discreetly to the domestic space while remaining visually imposing and eliciting the aesthetic veneration suggested by its name.
A marble base on which the sculptural plasticity of the reproduced sound is expressed and which makes each musical reproduction a moment of contemplation, a ritual, an ecstatic listening experience that is different every time.

Bellini’s sculptural intuition, together with the aesthetic status of this object, more art than design, made the Totem a legend: a legend revived today which, while faithful to the original design, endows this timeless object with the best contemporary technology.

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Designer

Mario Bellini

Born in Milan in 1935, he is an architect, critic and designer.
The 8 Compasso d’Oro would be enough – alone – to explain the genius and inventiveness of Mario Bellini, an internationally renowned architect and designer, former director of Domus magazine. The numerous exhibitions in Italy and abroad confirm an incredible career, the monographic of the MoMa – Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1987 the consecration of his absolute talent. Among the companies that have relied on him, over the years, stand out – in addition to Brionvega – Cassina, Yamaha, Rosenthal and Renault. Twenty-five of his works are present in the permanent collection of the MOMA – Museum of Modern art in New York.

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Credits: Albert Greenwood

Technology

Sound to Worship

Bellini’s legendary cube stereo system achieves acoustic precision and excellence thanks to the choices and expert craftsmanship of sound professionals who have taken care of every production aspect.
The construction of the shell, the top-quality electronic components and high-fidelity loudspeakers ensure the unparalleled listening quality and definition of Bellini’s totem.
When closed, the totem looks like a cube: a geometric icon of eternal, timeless perfection. When opened it reveals a modern and cutting-edge technological core.

Credit foto © Archivio di Parma
Credits: Archivio di Parma

Each loudspeaker is equipped with a 2½-way speaker system complete with a mechanical reflex loading woofer, a mid-woofer and a tweeter. The AM/FM/Dab+ radio, Pro-Ject turntable with Ortofon stylus, 2 inputs for connecting external sources and headphone input make this modern art sculpture a complete Hi-Fi listening machine. The totem is compatible with all Bluetooth audio devices on the market: smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs. Exclusively for purchases from the Brionvega website, an external dongle* is included for the highest quality Bluetooth connection.

*Accessory not branded Brionvega

The loudspeakers are removable, can be positioned as desired in the room and have a sound power capable of filling medium to large rooms.
The act of opening the cube, putting a record on and playing music becomes a ritual in which the user is called upon to participate.
Bellini’s totem is more than just a stereo system, it is a classic collector’s item that sculpts sound and turns it into art: like a block of marble under the chisel of Michelangelo or Canova.

Production

Sound Design Made in Italy

Each totem is a unique and exclusive piece of craftsmanship that respects a completely artisan controlled production process of the highest precision. A process that combines the control and technology of machines with the heart and passion of our craftsmen.
The buttons, potentiometers and shells of the main body are made with numerically controlled milling machines. Every part of Bellini’s totem is hand-varnished with the utmost care. Every aspect of the product is the work of the most highly-skilled craftsmen, who are supervised by our sound professionals: the sanding, the assembly of the different components and the application of the silk-screen prints are all processes through which traditional Italian craftsmanship makes every totem unique.

Precisione

Precision

Each totem is a unique piece of craftsmanship, but at its origin there is an avant-garde production process, with buttons and central body shells made with numerical control milling, pedestal produced with a casting process and completely sand molded automated, then painted by an automatic machine.

Artigianalita

Craftsmanship

The expert hands of our craftsmen transform the semi-finished products of automatic machines into authentic one-of-a-kind pieces. The sanding of the wooden panels, the assembly of the different components, the different finishes, the application of the screen printing are all the processes through which the Italian artisan tradition makes each totem unique.

Finitura

Finishing

The finishes of the different elements that make up each totem make it an object of timeless quality.

Qualita

Quality

Every single element of which the totem is made is subjected to an accurate quality control, from the boxes to the components, to guarantee the highest quality in each product. For this reason, each totem is supplied with a certificate as a declaration of quality, authenticity and fidelity to the original project.