London, Sebastian + Barquet

Hailed as one of the most influential (and bankable) designers of the 20th century, the interest in Italian designer and architect Carlo Mollino extends far beyond the auction room and indeed, even the drawing board.

The son of Turin’s most prominent architect, Eugenio Mollino, the young graduate began his career working in his father’s studio. In his spare time, Mollino harbored a lifelong passion for photography, especially using Polaroid to photograph nude female models. Drawn to the authenticity of each shot, not to mention the privacy it afforded his erotic subject matter, the designer used the interior of his Turin apartment to create erogenous narratives. Twelve such examples will be on show at London’s Sebastian + Barquet gallery alongside some of his most prolific masterworks.

Included in the exhibition are chairs from the Casa Editrice Lattes Publishing House, produced in 1953, and the original armchairs from the interior of the RAI Auditorium in Turin, which illustrate Mollino’s unique “Turinese Baroque” style.

May 7 through June 27, 2009
19 Bruton Place
London, W1J 6LZ
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