Carlo Mollino

Courtesy Museo Casa Mollino.

Carlo Mollino (Torino, 1905-73) graduated in architecture at the Polytechnic of Turin in 1931 and became professor in the same university in 1949. Than he began his multifaceted career in architecture, photography, cars, aviation and literature. During the '30, he projected the Turin Equestrian Society, "Società Ippica Torinese", that is internationally considered a master piece of architecture, and some interiors in surrealist style too.

In these environments he made his famous black and white portrait of women, who published in its important work of photography criticism "The Message from the Darkroom" - "Il messaggio dalla Camera Oscura". He produced thousands of images marked by a lyrical eroticism, using Leica and Polaroid cameras.In 1942 he became ski instructor. He photographed and drew sharp technical diagrams that are part of Introduction of downhill - "Introduzione al discesismo", published in Rome in 1950. Mollino projects share the sophisticated geometry of sinuous lines of the natural world mixed with literal fantasy. He knows how to solve his vision with concrete and practical engineering solutions, which created craved wooden or plywood furniture; all pieces are unique.In 1946 designed a building called "Chair Lift of Black Lake" - "Slittovia del Lago Nero", which represents the alpine traditional constructions and three-dimensional quality, that are part of the style and aesthetic of Mollino. Afterwards, he projected an apartments building called Sun's House, "Casa del Sole", (1947-54), which he defined a vertical village. In the mid '50 won the cars rally of Sestriere, designed a race car Torpedo, "Bisiluro", and two race record cars models too. He became owner of seven acrobatic planes, that express his authentic interest in aviation. In 1959 Mollino designed the dancing hall called Lutrario, an interior ambient imagined as a ceramic and mosaic woods.  Simultaneously reconstructs for himself the apartments in a old villa, now preserved as a Casa Mollino Museum. In 1973 inaugurated the Teatro Regio of Turin, his last architectural masterpiece. During the work of an innovative project he suffered a heart attack. The last building he was working on were based on a new technology that implemented a central pillar at which were suspended the offices floors. With the same technology, he projected the Chamber of Commerce of Turin, "Camera di Commercio di Torino", (1965-1972). Mollino enters in the tradition of eclectic Renaissance artists and he is known as a "complete man" thanks to his unique art that expresses the encounter between science and art, logic and poetry, beauty and practicality.