A true renaissance man, Turin-born Carlo Mollino was a designer, an architect, a photographer and thrill seeker, who once famously remarked: 'Everything is permissible as long as it is fantastic'. Carlo Mollino is remembered as an architect, artist, designer and photographer but he was also fond of racing cars, airplanes and winter sports. His keen interest in the shape and form of all things, and particularly fast industrial things, can be seen in the sinuous curves of the wooden frames supporting his tables and the detailed aviation engineering in his metal joints. Italian manufacturer Zanotta re-discovered the work of Carlo Mollino in the 1980s when founder Aurelio Zanotta saw the importance of Mollino's work. The collection today is overseen by Aurelio's daughters Eleonora and Francesca.

In 1982 nearly 10 years after the designer's sudden death, Zanotta gained the rights to manufacture several pieces designed by Mollino between the 1940s and 50s. Key pieces were selected including the Milo Mirror designed for Casa Miller as a silhouette of the famous Venus, the Reale table which made headlines worldwide when an early piece sold at Sotheby’s for more than 3 and a half million dollars, and the Arabesco table first designed for the Singer office canteen in Turin, that carefully balances its dancing oak plywood base with its plate glass top.. The Ardea Armchair and Gilda armchairs were designed by Mollino for comfort and draw on the reclining aesthetics of seating found in cars and planes of a certain era.

Probably Carlo Mollino's most famous designs, and certainly one of his most successful ones, is the Cavour desk designed in 1949. By far the most popular of all of his designs, its soaring and slender lines are quite unlike any other desk. The 'authentic' architect as he loved to be called, had such a personal style that represents an era where Modernism met Surrealism and was all the more interesting for it.

Like the Studio Museo Achille Castiglioni and the Fondazione Vico Magistretti dedicated to the work and lives of two great Italian architects, you can now visit the home of Carlo Mollino in Turin. Casa Carlo Mollino is dedicated to the fantastic personal style of the architect, with the apartment having been meticulously restored by collector Fulvio Ferrari, and his son, Napoleone. The house is open to the public by appointment.

Museo Casa Mollino Via Giovanni Francesco Napione 2 10124 Turin +39 011 8129868 casamollino@fastwebnet.it

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