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Carlo Mollino

Desk designed for Lattes Publishing House, Turin 1954

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Previously shown at Basel 2021.

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Carlo Mollino designed the furniture for the Lattes Publishing House in Turin between 1951 and 1954.
As in previous projects such as the store designed for Singer in 1950, Mollino took advantage of the new experimentations of the “office landscape” to design a group of furniture pieces with a selection of recurring elements as well as a few variations.
For the employees’ general offices, the architect designed simple desks, characterized by tapered legs on one side and a chest of drawers on the opposite side.
This desk was acquired by Rossella Colombari directly from the Lattes Publishing House in the early 1980’s. It was then acquired from the Gallery by a private collector in Turin. The Gallery reacquired the desk directly from this collector.

brass and fibrosil.

Carlo Mollino


Carlo Mollino (born May 6, 1905, Turin, Italy–died August 27, 1973, Turin, Italy) was an Italian designer, architect, photographer and writer. As a man of many talents, Mollino was also an avid race car driver, pilot, ski enthusiast, fashion designer, and inventor. After studying mechanical engineering and art history, followed by architecture at Turin University, Mollino went to work for the engineering company owned by his father, Eugenio Mollino. By the 1940s, Carlo was creating his own furniture designs and architectural projects. He took part in various architecture competitions (winning first prize for the Federazione Agricoltori) and collaborated with other artists, such as Italian sculptor Umberto Mastroianni with whom he designed the Monument to the Partisan in Turin. His work was often considered outrageous, flamboyant, versatile, futuristic, surrealist, eclectic, and eccentric, to say the least. He himself described his work as “Turinese Baroque.” With the introduction of the Polaroid instant camera, Mollino created a series of portraits in his studio-home, Casa Miller. A house he never lived in, but where he would go every day to work, and which was along the Po river and across the street from where his good friend and artist Carlo Rama lived.

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    90.0 x 77.0 x 178.0 cm (35.4 x 30.3 x 70.1 in)

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