Friday, July 2, 2010

The Theater of Carlo Mollino

A theater chair (ca.1951) by Turinese designer Carlo Mollino (1905 - 1973) from the RAI Auditorium.

In the tradition of Italian artists with outsized characters, Mollino's life was the stuff of early-century matinees: As well as a designer of furniture, architecture, and race cars, he was also a skilled pilot, skier, racing driver, and occult enthusiast. And then there were those racy Polaroids.

The chairs in their natural environment. Interested buyers may go here.

Mollino's take on modernism may be embodied in his signature quote: "Everything is permissible as long as it is fantastic."

A table with a hint of Enzo Mari.

"I am convinced that the best explanation of one's work is its silent exhibition," spoke the Maestro.

'Nuff said.

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