© Carlo Mollino
© Carlo Mollino
© Carlo Mollino

CARLO MOLLINO

Carlo Mollino was born in Turin May on 6th of 1905, he was an Italian architect and designer. His interests ranged from architecture, design, photography up to skiing, motoring and aeronautics: a true bon vivant. Thanks to his  sharp and versatile intellect Mollino absorbed all the stimuli coming from the lively reality around him; he was a follower of Marinetti and the Futurist Manifesto. The work of his charismatic father inspired his passion for engineering, construction and architectural structures. Mollino began his career as an architect, in 1930 he designed a house in Forte dei Marmi for which he received the prize G. Pistono while his great interest in photography was embodied in an essay titled "A message from the darkroom" (1949). In 2003 the publisher Arena has published a book called Polaroids, edited by Napoleone Ferrari, which collects nudes made with this technique. Mollino can be considered in some ways a precursor of the magazine "Playboy". The female figure played a central role in his artistic career. More than the beauty and lingerie, he was intrigued by the mystical and enigmatic meaning of femininity. He never married and kept his private life secret. His only official relationship was with Lina, who was the only model that Mollino represented in more than one photography sessions. In his work, women are not only models, but figures and shapes that evoke architectural elements. Similarly, the curves of the Teatro Regio in Turin are feminine and the tapestries are red surfaces to gently touch. Carlo Mollino died on August 27th of 1973. Photology devoted to Mollino and Newton its last show in his historic gallery in Milan Carlo Mollino | Helmut Newton.