The latest homage to Carlo Mollino at the Milan Furniture Fair this month reminds us of the important cultural role that furniture manufacturers also play in connecting us to design. "Homage to Carlo Mollino takes a look at the role Zanotta plays by supporting design history", enthuses Eleonora Zanotta. "Take a look inside Zanotta's back catalogue and you will find pieces designed from the 1920s".
One of the early entrepreneurs in Italian design, Eleonora's father and founder of Zanotta, Aurelio Zanotta, 'rediscovered' extraordinary projects that were at risk of being forgotten, including designs by Castiglioni and Zanuso, Aulenti and De Pas D'Urbino Lomazzi, Colombo, Landels, Sottsass and Mendini – designs that are the cultural backbone of the collection and share the history of design and innovation with a wider audience.
Often described as the Salvador Dali of the design world, Carlo Mollino's work joined the collection in 1985 when Zanotta began manufacturing his designs from the 1950s. Starting with the Fenis chair and quickly followed by the Cavour desk Reale table and Arobesco coffee table, today Zanotta describes this collection as "enriching the most curious, experimental and eclectic contemporary design".
Homage to Carlo Mollino is on show from 14 April 2015 and will be officially launched by Alessandro Mendini on 15 April at 7.30pm – Zanotta Shop Milano, Piazza Tricolore, 2, Milan.