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Carlo Mollino (1905 - 1973)

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As an architect, Carlo Mollino's work refuses the rationalist school and takes inspiration from Alvar Aalto and Eric Mendelsohn. [Apr 2006]

Erotic photography: Carlo Mollino: Polaroids - by Fulvio Ferrari, Napoleone Ferrari [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]


Carlo Mollino (May 6, 1905 - August 27, 1973) was an Italian architect and designer.

Born in Turin, Italy, Carlo Mollino was the son of Eugenio Mollino, an engineer. As he grew up, Carlo Mollino became interested in a variety of topics that were as outrageous as his art, such as design, architecture, the occult, and race cars.

He was once credited as saying, "Everything is permissible as long as it is fantastic." That credo was certainly reflected throughout his body of work. Mollino's architecture and furniture are famous for their ability to enable occupants to manipulate volumes at a whim.

Carlo Mollino died in 1973, while still working.

--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlo_Mollino [Jan 2006]


Crazy, artistic, stingy, obsessed with taxes. Sex maniac, master architect, drug addict, genius. Carlo Mollino (1905-1973) is one of the most colorful figures in the world of architecture and Italian design.
He spent his life in the tranquil city of Torino, where a character such as he had few hopes to fit in. Even today, 20 years after his death, there has been little effort made to keep the memory of this extraordinary person alive. Quite to the contrary, many of his architectural works have fallen into a state of disrepair. -- http://www.dolcevita.com/design/mollino/mollino.htm

Carlo Mollino: Photographs 1956-1962 (2006) - Carlo Mollino

Carlo Mollino: Photographs 1956-1962 (2006) - Carlo Mollino
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Book Description
The Italian architect and designer Carlo Mollino held photography dear--it was one of his great passions and favorite means of expression, and an excellent way to enjoy another great passion, women. The photographs gathered here were all set in one of Mollino’s private apartments, which he refurbished especially for this purpose. An advocate of retouching, as documented in his treatise The Message from the Dark Room, Mollino also painted on his photos or negatives. Most of what appears here has been revised, most bodies sculpted and reshaped, and visibly so now that time has altered the color of the prints, revealing his handiwork. This portfolio, spanning from 1956 to 1962, ends just before Mollino’s Polaroid work of the 60s. It was made using a Leica and color negative film, and has never been published before.

Carlo Mollino: Polaroids - by Fulvio Ferrari, Napoleone Ferrari

  1. Carlo Mollino: Polaroids - by Fulvio Ferrari, Napoleone Ferrari [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
    Carlo Mollino (1905–1973) was one of the most inspired mid-20th-century architects and designers. In a career that spanned more than four decades, Mollino designed buildings, homes, cars, aircraft, women’s fashion, and theater sets. He was a renaissance man who sought to articulate movement and sensuality in his designs. Even more compelling are the magically surreal Polaroid images Mollino made in his Turin studio during the last 14 years of his life, seen here in the first-ever collection of Mollino’s carefully honed erotic photographs of women. From 1,500 works, the Ferraris have culled over 250 representative images in which Molino posed his models in evocative clothing, staged the backdrops, and finally, altered the photos with a microscopic paintbrush to attain his ideal view of the female form. Only a few of Mollino’s Polaroids have ever been viewed by the public.

Carlo Mollino: Architecture as Autobiography, Revised and Expanded Edition (2006) - Giovanni Brino

Carlo Mollino: Architecture as Autobiography, Revised and Expanded Edition (2006) - Giovanni Brino [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Carlo Mollino (1905 - 1973) has been called many things: designer, architect, sex and drug-obsessed genius, connoisseur of extreme decoration - but he has never been called untalented. This monograph covers all facets of Mollino's career as a leading exponent of Italian postwar design: furniture, clothing, interiors and racing cars, as well as a sampling of the erotic images for which he is increasingly renowned. He also worked as a designer of fashion, theatre and film sets, and all of these endeavours are presented in this wonderfully comprehensive volume. --from the publisher

The Furniture of Carlo Mollino (2006) - Fulvio Ferrari, Napoleone Ferrari

The Furniture of Carlo Mollino (2006) - Fulvio Ferrari, Napoleone Ferrari [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Book Description
The first monograph on the furniture and interior design of Carlo Mollino, one of the most original Italian designers of the twentieth century. Realized in collaboration with Museo Casa Mollino, it is extensively illustrated with over 400 sketches, drawings and archival photographs, many never published before.

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