In an effort to get to know the 20th-century Italian architect and designer Carlo Mollino, we’ll have to take his fast track, because it’s not simple to keep up with the manifold endeavors of this wildly flamboyant and sometimes controversial character. Mollino’s passions ran deep, wide—and fast.
Who He Was
Born in 1905, Carlo Mollino lived and worked in Turin, Italy, until his death in 1973. Building on the artistic flair he showed even as a child, he studied mechanical engineering, art history, and, later, architecture, graduating with honors in 1931. The young graduate took a job in his prominent father’s architecture and design firm, but received little acceptance there: Mollino was far more interested in the creative beauty of humanity than in the practical side of design that his father put forth. So Mollino embarked on a wide breadth of his own creative pursuits and zealous recreational activities, all of which were highly expressive in artistic interpretation and largely influenced by Futurism, Second Futurism, and Surrealism….