Enzo Mari 1932–2020

Irascible, polemical, and influential are just a few of the words most commonly associated with Italian artist, designer, critic, and theorist Enzo Mari, who is perhaps most famous for his favorite (and oft-repeated) quote: “Design is dead”. Born and raised in Cerano, a region of Piedmont, Mari moved to Milan in 1947 and worked a variety of jobs before enrolling in the prestigious Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in 1952. He studied art and literature with a specific focus on the psychology of vision, the planning of perceptive structures, and the methodology of design. Not long after graduating he met Bruno Danese, co-founder of the eponymous design brand Danese; it was an encounter that would shape the remainder of Mari’s career.

Danese and Mari both felt strongly that good design should be accessible, economic, and affordable. Mari designed a multitude of creations for the company, including the much admired 16 Animali wooden puzzle. Inspired by his own children as well as his research into Scandinavian toys, it was a toy made from a single piece of oak that, with one continuous cut, came apart into 16 separate animals. Mari went on to conceive of over 1500 designs for many premier Italian design companies including Driade, Artemide, Zanotta and Magis. He also created illustrations, books with Einaudi and Bollati Boringhieri, and works for children. One of his most memorable projects, and the one which best demonstrates his belief that design should be accessible to all, was his Proposta per un’Autoprogettazione (Proposal for a Self-design) series. It consisted of a set of diagrams that allowed anyone to build DIY furniture with cuts of pine and some nails, the instructions for which Mari would mail to anyone who sent him postage.

Upcoming Lots Enzo Mari

ENZO MARI, Grande Cubo, series R | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Grande Cubo, series R
estimate: $1,500–2,000

ENZO MARI, Oggetto a composizione autocondotta | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Oggetto a composizione autocondotta
estimate: $4,000–6,000

ENZO MARI, Grande Cubo, series  E | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Grande Cubo, series E
estimate: $3,000–5,000

ENZO MARI, Cubos model 3018A, set of four | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Cubos model 3018A, set of four
estimate: $3,000–5,000

ENZO MARI, Sedici Variazioni | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Sedici Variazioni
estimate: $2,500–3,000

ENZO MARI, Grande Cubo, series E | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Grande Cubo, series E
estimate: $3,000–5,000

ENZO MARI, Grande Cubo, series L | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Grande Cubo, series L
estimate: $3,000–5,000

ENZO MARI, Rare 16 Animali puzzle, model 3015D | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Rare 16 Animali puzzle, model 3015D
estimate: $1,500–2,000

ENZO MARI, Samos vase, model U | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Samos vase, model U
estimate: $5,000–7,000

ENZO MARI, Samos vase, model Z | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Samos vase, model Z
estimate: $5,000–7,000

ENZO MARI, Samos vase, model W | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Samos vase, model W
estimate: $5,000–7,000

ENZO MARI, Sifnos box, model 3065CB | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Sifnos box, model 3065CB
estimate: $2,000–3,000

ENZO MARI, Samos centerpiece, model P | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Samos centerpiece, model P
estimate: $7,000–9,000

ENZO MARI, Samos centerpiece, model N | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Samos centerpiece, model N
estimate: $7,000–9,000

ENZO MARI, Samos centerpiece, model B | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Samos centerpiece, model B
estimate: $7,000–9,000

ENZO MARI, Cubo, model 3018C | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Cubo, model 3018C
estimate: $1,000–1,500

ENZO MARI, Variazioni Tematiche | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Variazioni Tematiche
estimate: $1,500–2,000

ENZO MARI, Variazioni Tematiche | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Variazioni Tematiche
estimate: $1,500–2,000

ENZO MARI, Sfera, series B | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Sfera, series B
estimate: $3,000–5,000

ENZO MARI, Sfera, series A | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Sfera, series A
estimate: $3,000–5,000

ENZO MARI, Sfera, series H | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Sfera, series H
estimate: $3,000–5,000

ENZO MARI, Sfera, series A | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Sfera, series A
estimate: $3,000–5,000

ENZO MARI, Cubos, collection of four | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Cubos, collection of four
estimate: $2,000–3,000

ENZO MARI, Sfera, series Z | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Sfera, series Z
estimate: $2,000–3,000

ENZO MARI, Cubos model 3018B, set of three | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Cubos model 3018B, set of three
estimate: $1,500–2,000

ENZO MARI, Samos centerpiece, model L | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Samos centerpiece, model L
estimate: $7,000–9,000

ENZO MARI, Samos centerpiece, model S | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Samos centerpiece, model S
estimate: $7,000–9,000

ENZO MARI, Samos centerpiece, model O | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Samos centerpiece, model O
estimate: $7,000–9,000

ENZO MARI, Cubo, model 3018C | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Cubo, model 3018C
estimate: $1,500–2,000

ENZO MARI, Cubo, model 3018D | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Cubo, model 3018D
estimate: $1,500–2,000

ENZO MARI, Cubo, model 3018D | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Cubo, model 3018D
estimate: $1,500–2,000

ENZO MARI, Bambu vase, model 3109C | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Bambu vase, model 3109C
estimate: $2,000–3,000

ENZO MARI, Putrelle vide poche, model 3012A | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Putrelle vide poche, model 3012A
estimate: $1,500–2,000

ENZO MARI, Putrelle vide poche, model 3011A | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Putrelle vide poche, model 3011A
estimate: $3,000–5,000

ENZO MARI, Tortiglione plant stand, model 3083B | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Tortiglione plant stand, model 3083B
estimate: $500–700

ENZO MARI, Trifoglio vase, model 3085A | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Trifoglio vase, model 3085A
estimate: $600–800

ENZO MARI, Tortiglione wastepaper basket, model 3083C | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Tortiglione wastepaper basket, model 3083C
estimate: $600–800

ENZO MARI, Bambu vase, model 3084D | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Bambu vase, model 3084D
estimate: $700–900

ENZO MARI, Bambu vase, model 3084B | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Bambu vase, model 3084B
estimate: $600–800

ENZO MARI, Atollo centerpiece, model 3071B | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Atollo centerpiece, model 3071B
estimate: $4,000–6,000

ENZO MARI, Formosa calendar, model 3064A | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Formosa calendar, model 3064A
estimate: $300–500

ENZO MARI, Cilindro, series P | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Cilindro, series P
estimate: $3,000–5,000

ENZO MARI, Cilindro, series L | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Cilindro, series L
estimate: $3,000–5,000

ENZO MARI, Cilindro, series F | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Cilindro, series F
estimate: $3,000–5,000

ENZO MARI, Cilindro, series L | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Cilindro, series L
estimate: $3,000–5,000

ENZO MARI, Carte Da Disegno game books, set of three | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Carte Da Disegno game books, set of three
estimate: $200–300

ENZO MARI, Trifoglio vase, model 3085A | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Trifoglio vase, model 3085A
estimate: $600–800

ENZO MARI, Rocco wastepaper basket, model 3082C | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Rocco wastepaper basket, model 3082C
estimate: $500–700

ENZO MARI, Rocco plant stands, model 3082B | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Rocco plant stands, model 3082B
estimate: $700–900

ENZO MARI, Tortiglione plant stand, model 3083B | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Tortiglione plant stand, model 3083B
estimate: $500–700

ENZO MARI, Rocco umbrella stand, model 3082A | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Rocco umbrella stand, model 3082A
estimate: $900–1,200

ENZO MARI, Tortiglione wastepaper basket, model 3083C | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Tortiglione wastepaper basket, model 3083C
estimate: $600–800

ENZO MARI, Timor calendar, model 3079A | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Timor calendar, model 3079A
estimate: $100–150

ENZO MARI, Camicia vase, model 3033A | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Camicia vase, model 3033A
estimate: $500–700

ENZO MARI, Camicia vase, model 3033A | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Camicia vase, model 3033A
estimate: $700–900

ENZO MARI, Arran tray, model 3045B | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Arran tray, model 3045B
estimate: $500–700

ENZO MARI, Giglio letter opener, model 3127A | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Giglio letter opener, model 3127A
estimate: $300–500

ENZO MARI, Ameland letter opener, model 3061A | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Ameland letter opener, model 3061A
estimate: $150–200

ENZO MARI, Ventotene desk organizer, model 3054A | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Ventotene desk organizer, model 3054A
estimate: $400–600

ENZO MARI, Quattro Spirali | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Quattro Spirali
estimate: $5,000–7,000

ENZO MARI, Trinidad carafe, model 3094A | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Trinidad carafe, model 3094A
estimate: $200–300

ENZO MARI, Cicladi plant stand, model 3111A | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Cicladi plant stand, model 3111A
estimate: $2,000–3,000

ENZO MARI, Paros vase, model H | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Paros vase, model H
estimate: $4,000–6,000

ENZO MARI, Paros vide poche, model F | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Paros vide poche, model F
estimate: $2,500–3,500

ENZO MARI, Paros vide poche, model D1 | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Paros vide poche, model D1
estimate: $1,200–1,800

ENZO MARI, Quattro Spirali | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Quattro Spirali
estimate: $5,000–7,000

ENZO MARI, Bilancia calendar, model 3017B | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Bilancia calendar, model 3017B
estimate: $150–200

ENZO MARI, Antille ice bucket, model 3074A | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Antille ice bucket, model 3074A
estimate: $150–200

ENZO MARI, Tongareva bowls, collection of four | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Tongareva bowls, collection of four
estimate: $2,000–3,000

ENZO MARI, Tongareva bowl, model 3089C | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Tongareva bowl, model 3089C
estimate: $500–700

ENZO MARI, Java container, model 3088B | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Java container, model 3088B
estimate: $100–150

ENZO MARI, Tongareva bowls, collection of three | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Tongareva bowls, collection of three
estimate: $900–1,200

ENZO MARI, Box, model 3065 | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Box, model 3065
estimate: $1,000–1,500

ENZO MARI, Box, model 3065 | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Box, model 3065
estimate: $1,000–1,500

ENZO MARI, Box, model 3065 | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Box, model 3065
estimate: $1,000–1,500

ENZO MARI, Box, model 3065 | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Box, model 3065
estimate: $1,000–1,500

ENZO MARI, Il Gioco Delle Favole game, model 3070B | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Il Gioco Delle Favole game, model 3070B
estimate: $50–100

ENZO MARI, Box, model 3065 | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Box, model 3065
estimate: $1,000–1,500

ENZO MARI, Tredici, Funghetti | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Tredici, Funghetti
estimate: $1,000–1,500

ENZO MARI, Bali lamp, model 2003B | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Bali lamp, model 2003B
estimate: $400–600

ENZO MARI, 16 Animali puzzle, model 3015D | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

16 Animali puzzle, model 3015D
estimate: $600–800

ENZO MARI, Bali lamp, model 2003B | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Bali lamp, model 2003B
estimate: $400–600

ENZO MARI, Serie della Natura: L'oca no 8 | wright20.com

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Enzo Mari

Serie della Natura: L'oca no 8
estimate: $500–800

Auction Results Enzo Mari

ENZO MARI, Cubos, collection of five | wright20.com

Enzo Mari

Cubos, collection of five
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $8,125

ENZO MARI, chests, pair | wright20.com

Enzo Mari

chests, pair
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $6,000

ENZO MARI, Variazione 719 | wright20.com

Enzo Mari

Variazione 719
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,000

ENZO MARI, Putrella tray and dish | wright20.com

Enzo Mari

Putrella tray and dish
estimate: $50–75
result: $4,063

ENZO MARI, Variazione 719 | wright20.com

Enzo Mari

Variazione 719
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,750

ENZO MARI, Cubos, set of two | wright20.com

Enzo Mari

Cubos, set of two
estimate: $500–700
result: $2,500

ENZO MARI, Paros-D1 bowl | wright20.com

Enzo Mari

Paros-D1 bowl
estimate: $500–700
result: $2,125

ENZO MARI, Cubo | wright20.com

Enzo Mari

Cubo
estimate: $300–500
result: $1,750

ENZO MARI, Cubos, pair | wright20.com

Enzo Mari

Cubos, pair
estimate: $300–500
result: $1,625

ENZO MARI, Day-Night daybed | wright20.com

Enzo Mari

Day-Night daybed
estimate: $700–900
result: $1,625

ENZO MARI, Formosa and Timor calendars | wright20.com

Enzo Mari

Formosa and Timor calendars
estimate: $200–300
result: $875

ENZO MARI, 16 Animali puzzle | wright20.com

Enzo Mari

16 Animali puzzle
estimate: $500–700
result: $813

ENZO MARI, Box chair | wright20.com

Enzo Mari

Box chair
estimate: $300–500
result: $780

ENZO MARI, Cubo | wright20.com

Enzo Mari

Cubo
estimate: $100–150
result: $750

ENZO MARI, Pago Pago and Bambu vases | wright20.com

Enzo Mari

Pago Pago and Bambu vases
estimate: $50–75
result: $750

ENZO MARI, 16 Animali puzzle | wright20.com

Enzo Mari

16 Animali puzzle
estimate: $200–300
result: $720

ENZO MARI, La Pantera and Il Gorilla (from the Serie della Natura) | wright20.com

Enzo Mari

La Pantera and Il Gorilla (from the Serie della Natura)
estimate: $700–900
result: $715

ENZO MARI, 16 Animali puzzle | wright20.com

Enzo Mari

16 Animali puzzle
estimate: $300–500
result: $688

ENZO MARI, Paros D1 vessel | wright20.com

Enzo Mari

Paros D1 vessel
estimate: $500–700
result: $625

ENZO MARI, 16 Pesci puzzle | wright20.com

Enzo Mari

16 Pesci puzzle
estimate: $200–300
result: $600

ENZO MARI, 16 Pesci puzzle | wright20.com

Enzo Mari

16 Pesci puzzle
estimate: $500–700
result: $594

ENZO MARI, Tonietta chair | wright20.com

Enzo Mari

Tonietta chair
estimate: $100–150
result: $594

ENZO MARI, Danese poster | wright20.com

Enzo Mari

Danese poster
estimate: $100–200
result: $500

ENZO MARI, 16 Pesci puzzle | wright20.com

Enzo Mari

16 Pesci puzzle
estimate: $500–700
result: $455