The city of Milano again gets ready for its best week of the year,
Furniture Fair.  Perhaps because I have always followed architecture and
design as closely as I have followed fashion – and also Spring is finally
arriving –  it is the best week to be out and about in Milano.  We opened
last night our Angelo Mangiarotti exhibition at the gallery and in
Torino, the Regio Theatre, designed by Carlo Mollino, will celebrate on
Tuesday  its 40th anniversary.  A good beginning.

When the Regio was destroyed by fire in 1965, Carlo Mollino was awarded the design for a totally new reconstruction of this major cultural monument of Torino.
The theatre was  finally opened on April 10th, with Maria Callas directing Verdi’s Vespri Siciliani.  Just in time for Mollino to see before he died.
 The interior seen here is like the inside of our hearts.  An amazing acoustical fabric and a visual that delights as much as the sound.

Carlo Mollino was famous for designing in so many areas, buildings, fashion, photography and beautiful chairs.  His chairs, if they ever come up for auction, carry such strong prices only the very brave can bid these days.  In 1990, on the occasion of the exhibition at the gallery, we printed a “Chairs” catalogue with pictures signed,

“Dr. Architetto Carlo Mollino” that showed his drawings before re touching, where even to see his work process is wonderful.

 

Here, a great wood chair (1959) by Angelo Mangiarotti that one could say recalls the Mollino shapes…….but that was the period!

 

The most famous of the Mangiarotti stone and marble tables were like toys, mostly produced by Skipper.   In the 1980’s in Milano,  a stroll on Saturday afternoon would always include Skipper’s  store, right next to the Emilio Pucci store….to see the latest Eros pieces, and shop.

 

Angelo Mangiarotti lived to be 91 and was prolific until his death last year.  Here, the “Ide”.  Another famous and beautiful shaped light he designed many years after his well recognized “Saffo” lamp,a collector item today. Very rare to find.

 

Today Ruhs’ new 6 meter long stair chandelier has been installed as a great welcome to all our guests visiting Milano for Furniture Fair.

 

Posted on: Sunday, April 7th, 2013

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