Carlo Mollino was an Italian designer and architect. He was born on the 6th of May 1905 in Turin Italy. Carlo Mollino died on the 27th of August 1973 at the age of sixty eight. Carlo Mollino died whilst still working on a design. Carlo Mollino’s dad is the son of engineer Eugenio Mollino. Carlo Mollino became interested in design, architecture and racing cars at a young age. Carlo Mollino is reported to have said “Everything is permissible as long as it is fantastic”. C
arlo Mollino is also known for being a photographer, a racing car driver and a pilot.
Carlo Mollino trained to be an architect at the Royal School of Architecture in Turin where he graduated with honours in 1931.
In 1930 at the age of twenty five Carlo Mollino started his working life as an architect, and he designed a house in Forte dei Marmi. This house enabled Carlo Mollino to win the G. Pistono prize for architecture.
Carlo Mollino worked in his father’s office between 1933 and 1948. During the time that he was working in his father’s office he entered various architectural competitions.
In 1949 Carlo Mollino began teaching at the polytechnic of Turin within the faculty of architecture.
In December 1953 Carlo Mollino took a break from designing after losing his father to concentrate on his other passions of motor racing and flying. In 1954 Carlo Mollino designed a racing car, which was known as the Basiluro. This racing car took part in the 1954 Hours at Le Mans.
Carlo Mollino returned to architecture and design in 1960 after he had a taken about seven years to off to concentrate on his other passions.
When Carlo Mollino was not busy designing he enjoyed going skiing and he was something of a ski enthusiast. Carlo Mollino also wrote a book called “Trattato sul Discesismo”. This book detailed his unique techniques for skiing and it included many pictures and illustrations. Carlo Mollino wrote a lot of different articles and books on architecture.
Carlo Mollino through his love for mountains designed some mountain houses such as the Casa del Sole, which is located in an area of Italy known as Cervinia and the Slittouia of Lago Nero, which is located in an area of Italy known as Sauze d’oulx. The Slittouia of Largo Nero was designed in 1946. The Casa del Sole was designed in 1955.
There is an exhibition of Carlo Mollino’s great interest in photography. The exhibition is on the third floor of the Castello di Rivoli. The exhibition consists of over one hundred photographs.
As well as designing buildings Carlo Mollino also designed furniture. Carlo Mollino began designing furniture in 1938. In the June of 2005 a piece of Carlo Mollino’s work went for a world record price of three million eight hundred and twenty four thousand American dollars. This piece was an oak and glass table that was designed in 1949. The auction was held at Christies in New York. The table was seen as twentieth century decorative art.
Carlo Mollino’s furniture designs were based on everyday organic shapes such as branches of a tree, animals horns and the human body.