NGV Table

A masterpiece of timeless design and exquisite craftsmanship, the NGV Table is a collaboration between Schiavello and renowned Italian architect and industrial designer Mario Bellini.

The contemporary form and use of refined materials reflect the rich history and future of the National Gallery of Victoria. The table’s modern spirit is reflected in its geometric stainless steel understructure that elegantly supports a slender top, resulting in a timeless design that pays homage to the NGV’s culture and art.

NGV Table

The tabletop is available in a 12mm veneer, acid etched glass or paint, allowing it to match the materiality and palette of any interior. Meanwhile, tables are available in a number of sizes, ranging between 400 x 400mm and 1350 x 900mm.

NGV Table

Complementing the NGV Table, Schiavello and Mario also designed a range of bench seating. Available as a one, two, three and four-seater, the NGV Bench is a contemporary seat for public and living spaces including waiting rooms, libraries and education settings. With a fabric, leather or vinyl outer, the NGV Bench is hand made using the finest materials.

NGV Table and NGV Bench

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Category 1 / Laminate 1.0

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  • laminate-solid-parchment Parchment
  • laminate-solid-polar-white Polar White

Category 1 / Laminate 1.1

  • Black Black
  • Graphite Graphite
  • Grey Grey
  • Warm White Warm White

Category 2 / Laminate 1.1

  • Beech Beech
  • Jakarta Teak Jakarta Teak
  • Murnau Maple Murnau Maple
  • Rajasthan Rajasthan
  • Romania Plum Romania Plum
  • Savanah Savanah
  • Zaora Oak Zaora Oak

Category 2 / Laminate 1.0

  • laminate-solid-oyster-grey Oyster Grey
  • Laminate Cinder Cinder
  • laminate-solid-stone-grey Stone Grey

Category 3 / Laminate 1.0

  • laminate-woodgrain-bottega-oak Bottega Oak
  • Laminate Nordic Oak Nordic Oak
  • Laminate Notaio Walnut Notaio Walnut

Timber Natural

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  • timber-natural-applied-finish-limewood Limewood
  • timber-natural-applied-finish-walnut-biancato Walnut Biancato
  • timber-natural-applied-finish-walnut-milano Walnut Milano

Timber Paint

  • Paint Ash Ash
  • Paint Black Black
  • Paint Blush Blush
  • Paint Cement Grey Cement Grey
  • Paint Colza Yellow Colza Yellow
  • Paint Emerald Green Emerald Green
  • Paint Fir Green Fir Green
  • Paint Gentian Blue Gentian Blue
  • Paint Grey Beige Grey Beige
  • Paint Obsidian Glass Obsidian Glass
  • Paint Orange Brown Orange Brown
  • Paint Oxide Red Oxide Red
  • Paint Pale Green Pale Green
  • Paint Parchment Parchment
  • Paint Ruby Red Ruby Red
  • Paint Signal Brown Signal Brown
  • Paint Silk Grey Silk Grey
  • Paint Steel Blue Steel Blue
  • Paint Stone Grey Stone Grey
  • Paint Strata Strata
  • Paint Sulfur Yellow Sulfur Yellow
  • Paint Traffic Red Traffic Red

Timber Wash

  • Wash Ash Ash
  • Wash Black Black
  • Wash Blush Blush
  • Timber Wash Cement Grey Cement Grey
  • timber-wash-colza-yellow Colza Yellow
  • timber-wash-emerald-green Emerald Green
  • timber-wash-fir-green Fir Green
  • timber-wash-gentian-blue Gentian Blue
  • timber-wash-grey-beige Grey Beige
  • timber-wash-obsidian-glass Obsidian Glass
  • timber-wash-orange-brown Orange Brown
  • timber-wash-oxide-red Oxide Red
  • timber-wash-pale-green Pale Green
  • timber-wash-parchment Parchment
  • timber-wash-ruby-red Ruby Red
  • timber-wash-signal-brown Signal Brown
  • timber-wash-silk-grey Silk Grey
  • timber-wash-steel-blue Steel Blue
  • timber-wash-stone-grey Stone Grey
  • timber-wash-strata Strata
  • timber-wash-sulfur-yellow Sulfur Yellow
  • timber-wash-traffic-red Traffic Red

MDF Powder Coat

  • mdf-powder-coat-ash Ash
  • mdf-powder-coat-black Black
  • mdf-powder-coat-obsidian-glass Obsidian Glass
  • df-powder-coat-parchment Parchment
  • mdd-powder-coat-strata Strata

Chrome

  • chrome Chrome

Category 1 / Metal Powder Coat

  • Metal Powder Coat Black Black (Satin & Texture)
  • Metal Powder Coat Obsidian Glass Obsidian Glass (Satin)
  • Metal Powder Coat Parchment Parchment (Texture)
  • Strata Metal Powder Coat (Texture) Strata (Satin & Texture)

Category 2 / Metal Powder Coat

  • Metal Powder Coat Parchment Parchment (Satin)
  • Metal Powder Coat Obsidian Glass Obsidian Glass (Texture)
  • Metal Powder Coat Cement Grey Cement Grey (Satin)
  • Metal Powder Coat Emerald Green Emerald Green (Satin)
  • Metal Powder Coat Fir Green Fir Green (Satin)
  • Metal Powder Coat Gentian Blue Gentian Blue (Satin)
  • Metal Powder Coat Grey Beige Grey Beige (Satin)
  • Metal Powder Coat Orange Brown Orange Brown (Satin)
  • Metal Powder Coat Oxide Red Oxide Red (Satin)
  • Metal Powder Coat Pale Green Pale Green (Satin)
  • Metal Powder Coat Silk Grey (Satin) Silk Grey (Satin)
  • Metal Powder Coat Steel Blue Steel Blue (Satin)
  • Metal Powder Coat Signal Brown Signal Brown (Satin)
  • Metal Powder Coat Ash Ash (Satin)
  • Metal Powder Coat Blush Blush (Satin)
  • Metal Powder Coat Stone Grey Stone Grey (Satin)

Category 3 / Metal Powder Coat

  • Metal Powder Coat Colza Yellow Colza Yellow (Satin)
  • Metal Powder Coat Ruby Red Ruby Red (Satin)
  • Metal Powder Coat Sulfur Yellow Sulfur Yellow (Satin)
  • Metal Powder Coat Traffic Red Traffic Red (Satin)

Australia's largest and most visited art museum, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) was originally designed by leading architect Sir Roy Grounds in 1968. Twenty years on, the gallery’s growth led to new needs and a rapidly growing international art collection. Italian architect Mario Bellini was appointed the principal architect for its major redevelopment.

Celebrating the launch of the redevelopment in 2003, the gallery commissioned Schiavello and Mario to create a public seating bench and table collection designed as a counterpart to the gallery’s new spaces and existing collections.

The table’s refined and contemporary design echoes Mario’s work on the NGV’s interior architecture – producing a design that enhances the gallery experience without competing with the surrounding artwork. Still today, 15 years after its release, the bench and tables still feature within the public areas throughout the gallery, a testament to their timeless and enduring design.

NGV Table Square

Mario Bellini is an internationally renowned Italian architect, urban and industrial designer. He was born in Milan in 1935 and graduated in 1959 from the Architecture School in Milan. He still lives and works in Milan today.

Since the 1980s, Mario has worked chiefly as an architect in Europe, Japan, the USA and the Arab Emirates. His renowned architectural creations include the Tokyo Design Centre (Japan), the National Gallery of Victoria (Australia), the Department of Islamic Art at the Louvre (Paris), the Natuzzi America Headquarters (USA) and the Milan Convention Centre (Italy).

“I consider every project a new exploration to be faced with curiosity, maximum mental openness and renewed creative energy,” says Mario.

Mario has received the Golden Compass Award eight times, and other prestigious architecture awards. He has 25 of his works in the permanent design collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art, which dedicated a personal retrospective to him in 1987.

Designer Mario Bellini