Ico Parisi for Brugnoli Mobili Cantú Corner Cabinet in Walnut and Brass
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Ico Parisi for Brugnoli Mobili, desk, cabinet, walnut, walnut veneer, brass, Italy, 1959
Acknowledged master of Italian mid-century design Ico Parisi has created an impressive number of designs throughout his career. His design language is characterized by expressive, lines and grained wood, reflecting his excellent taste for form and harmonic compositions. This corner cabinet combines functionality with visual qualities. Between the triangular top and the door panels, an open shelf provides space to display personal items. Long, horizontal handles in patinated brass strengthen the design and provide a bold accent on the doors. The warm colored walnut wood with its natural grain combines wonderfully with the brass handles. Due to its triangular shape, the cabinet can be placed in a corner.
Ico Parisi (1916-1996) is one of the pioneers who helped shape postwar Italian design. Parisi is now known for fluent, curved, and delicate simplified modern design. In Italy, reform took place not in a new institute such as the Bauhaus, but in the sophisticated upper-class private spaces. Here paths crossed of Ponti, Campigli, Melotti and Ico and his wife Luisa. At the age of twenty Parisi graduates from the Istituto Tecnico G. Castellini as an Industrial Head Technician. According to Parisi himself, his first design dates from this time. He also starts to work as a painter and photographer before he had to work as a soldier in the war. His life really starts after the war when he meets his wife, Luisa Aiani. From here onwards, his designs are recognized and exhibited, and he starts to collaborate with MIM Roma in 1958 and Stildomus in 1959.
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