Ico Parisi for Cassina Rosewood Coffee Table
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Ico Parisi for Cassina, cocktail table model 751, rosewood, glass, Italy, 1962
This coffee table is made from solid rosewood and executed with a glass top. The construction is created by means of assembling wooden parts with identical cross sections. The structure is formed by means of four double slatted legs that are connected via half wood joints. The glass version of this table has the effect that the whole construction is visible which emphasizes the structural character of this table.
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. Although Parisi was experimental and innovative, he travelled along the path of design gradually, without sudden ruptures. In Italy, reform took place not in a new institute such as the Bauhaus, but in the sophisticated upperclass private spaces. Here paths cross of Ponti, Campigli, Melotti and also 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 date. He also starts to work as a painter and photographer before he has to work as a soldier in the war. His life really starts after the war when he meets his wife Luisa Aiani and when he joins the Broletto show. From here onwards his designs are recognized and exhibited and he starts to collaborate with MIM Roma in 1958 and Stildomus in 1959. In the 1970s Parisi designs many architectural projects under the concept of a new way of living.
Literature: - Lietti, Roberta. Ico Parisi. Design. Catalogue Raisonné 1936 – 1960. Milan: Silvana Editoriale, 2017, p. 549.
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