Heller has created a simple paradigm: good design, industrial production and reasonable prices.
A brief history
Heller is an international furniture manufacturer with production in the US and Europe. Incorporated in 1971, Heller's first product was a line of stacking dinnerware designed by Massimo Vignelli. Winner of a Compasso d'Oro award in Italy, it is included in the Museum of Modern Art permanent design collection, New York.
Heller launched its furniture division in 1998. The Bellini Chair (1998), designed by Mario Bellini, won the Compasso d'Oro ADI 2001. More chairs have followed: The UltraBellini Chair (2006), the MB 1, MB 2 and MB 5 (2003), and Tavollini (1999), all by Mario Bellini; the new Arco (2006) by Mario Bellini and Claudio Bellini; Calla (2002) by Willliam Sawaya; Selene (1969/2002 reissue) by Vico Magistretti; Joe (1970/2003 reissue) by De Pas, D'Urbino and Lomazzi; The Frank Gehry Furniture Collection (2004) by Frank Gehry; The Vignelli Chair (2004) by Lella and Massimo Vignelli; Kiss (2004) by Studio 65; Bocca (1971/2004 reissue) by Studio 65; Capitello (1971/2004 reissue) by Studio 65; UltraCube (2006) by Frank Gehry; and The New Gaudi (2007) by Vico Magistretti.
The UltraBellini Chair in the Americas Cup Building, designed by David Chipperfield
For about 35 years, Heller has offered leading designers the opportunity to work with new technologies to create innovative products. Heller has worked with leading international designers: Massimo & Lella Vignelli, Philippe Starck, Mario Bellini, Vico Magistretti, William Sawaya, De Pas, D'Urbino & Lomazzi, Frank Gehry, and Studio 65.
The UltraCube by Frank Gehry in the Mercedes-Benz Metropolises Center Concept, Cologne
Heller products are in design collections worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Smithsonian, the Louvre Museum of Decorative Arts, Vitra Museum, the Pinakothek in Munich, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Compasso d'Oro, Italy; I.D. Annual Design Distinction for Furniture; Industrial Design Excellence Award, Industrial Designers Society of America; International Design Yearbook; International Contemporary Furniture Fair Award for Best Seating; Good Design Award, The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, IF Design 2004, Red Dot 2004, ICFF Best Outdoor Furniture, and Best of NeoCon 2004.
Heller is constantly exploring new technologies and processes for manufacturing furniture.