Carlo Mollino (1905 – 1973)


Carlo Mollino was an Italian architect and designer.  He studied mechanical engineering and art history, followed by architecture at Turin University before going on to work in his father's architectural practice. 

Carlo Mollino's furniture is often distinguished by biomorphic designs and influenced by both Futurism and Surrealism. 

In 1940, Carlo Mollino designed a chair for Lisa and Gio Ponti with a polished brass frame and both the back and the seat are split down the middle and covered in white elastic resin. In 1951, Carlo Mollino designed the interior and seating of the RAI auditorium in Turin, for which he created a voluminous armchair with a low-slung seat. This is regarded as one of Carlo Mollino's best works.

Carlo Mollino developed and patented a process for cold molding plywood and in 1952 he designed an armchair for the Casa del Sole in Cervinia, with legs and armrests made of continuous wood battens that were bent in several places.

Carlo Mollino's furniture was often one-off or produced in very limited editions by Apelli & Varesio of Turin. A table designed by Carlo Mollino in 1949 was sold at auction by Christie's in 2005 for a staggering $3.8 million.

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