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Carlo MOLLINO: Architecture as Autobiography
Carlo Mollino: Architecture as Autobiography

Giovanni Brino, Rizzoli, 1987, 160 pp, profusely illustrated with over 200 color and b/w photographs, drawings, diagrams, etc, 11 x 9 in., English, hardcover with dj. FINE.

Carlo Mollino (1905-1973) has been called a lot of things: designer, architect, sex and drug-obsessed genius, and connoiseur of extreme decoration. This rare hardcover book covers all facets of Mollino's career as a leader exponent of Italian postwar design: furniture, clothing, interiors, racing cars, and a sampling of his erotic images that are currently receiving much renown.

Mollino is one of the most colorful figures in the world of architecture and Italian design. In the 1940s and 50s there was an explosion of design in Milan that established the sleek, fashionable and modern image of Italian furniture. But Carlo Mollino was 100 % Turin: working from natural and animal shapes-- tree branches, animal horns, the curve of the human body-- he established the "streamlined surreal" series of furniture designs.

Mollino was an avid photographer, student of the occult, a stunt flyer and race car and plane enthusiast. Mollino even designed several cars and planes, and his race car, "Osca 1100" won for its class at the Leman's 24 hour race in 1954. A chair he designed in 1940 for Gio Ponti, supposedly calling up the image of a cloven hoof, stands for many as a lasting icon of his interest in the occult. He also worked as a designer of fashion, theater and film sets, and all of these endeavors are presented in this wonderfully comprehensive volume.

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