**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**

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Grande Cubo, series R

estimate: $1,500–2,000

401

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Oggetto a composizione autocondotta

estimate: $4,000–6,000

402

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Grande Cubo, series E

estimate: $3,000–5,000

403

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Cubos model 3018A, set of four

estimate: $3,000–5,000

404

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Sedici Variazioni

estimate: $2,500–3,000

405

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Grande Cubo, series E

estimate: $3,000–5,000

406

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Grande Cubo, series L

estimate: $3,000–5,000

407

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Rare 16 Animali puzzle, model 3015D

estimate: $1,500–2,000

411

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Samos vase, model U

estimate: $5,000–7,000

412

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Samos vase, model Z

estimate: $5,000–7,000

413

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Samos vase, model W

estimate: $5,000–7,000

414

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Sifnos box, model 3065CB

estimate: $2,000–3,000

416

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Samos centerpiece, model P

estimate: $7,000–9,000

417

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Samos centerpiece, model N

estimate: $7,000–9,000

418

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Samos centerpiece, model B

estimate: $7,000–9,000

419

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Cubo, model 3018C

estimate: $1,000–1,500

420

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Variazioni Tematiche

estimate: $1,500–2,000

421

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Variazioni Tematiche

estimate: $1,500–2,000

423

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Sfera, series B

estimate: $3,000–5,000

424

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Sfera, series A

estimate: $3,000–5,000

425

### Enzo Mari

Sfera, series H

estimate: $3,000–5,000

427

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Sfera, series A

estimate: $3,000–5,000

428

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Cubos, collection of four

estimate: $2,000–3,000

429

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Sfera, series Z

estimate: $2,000–3,000

430

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Cubos model 3018B, set of three

estimate: $1,500–2,000

431

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Samos centerpiece, model L

estimate: $7,000–9,000

432

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Samos centerpiece, model S

estimate: $7,000–9,000

433

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Samos centerpiece, model O

estimate: $7,000–9,000

434

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Cubo, model 3018C

estimate: $1,500–2,000

435

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Cubo, model 3018D

estimate: $1,500–2,000

436

### Enzo Mari

Cubo, model 3018D

estimate: $1,500–2,000

437

### Enzo Mari

Bambu vase, model 3109C

estimate: $2,000–3,000

438

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Putrelle vide poche, model 3012A

estimate: $1,500–2,000

439

### Enzo Mari

Putrelle vide poche, model 3011A

estimate: $3,000–5,000

440

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Tortiglione plant stand, model 3083B

estimate: $500–700

441

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Trifoglio vase, model 3085A

estimate: $600–800

442

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Tortiglione wastepaper basket, model 3083C

estimate: $600–800

443

### Enzo Mari

Bambu vase, model 3084D

estimate: $700–900

444

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Bambu vase, model 3084B

estimate: $600–800

445

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Atollo centerpiece, model 3071B

estimate: $4,000–6,000

446

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Formosa calendar, model 3064A

estimate: $300–500

447

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Cilindro, series P

estimate: $3,000–5,000

448

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Cilindro, series L

estimate: $3,000–5,000

449

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Cilindro, series F

estimate: $3,000–5,000

450

### Enzo Mari

Cilindro, series L

estimate: $3,000–5,000

451

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Carte Da Disegno game books, set of three

estimate: $200–300

452

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Trifoglio vase, model 3085A

estimate: $600–800

453

### Enzo Mari

Rocco wastepaper basket, model 3082C

estimate: $500–700

454

### Enzo Mari

Rocco plant stands, model 3082B

estimate: $700–900

455

### Enzo Mari

Tortiglione plant stand, model 3083B

estimate: $500–700

456

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Rocco umbrella stand, model 3082A

estimate: $900–1,200

457

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Tortiglione wastepaper basket, model 3083C

estimate: $600–800

462

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Timor calendar, model 3079A

estimate: $100–150

468

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Camicia vase, model 3033A

estimate: $500–700

470

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Camicia vase, model 3033A

estimate: $700–900

471

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Arran tray, model 3045B

estimate: $500–700

473

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Giglio letter opener, model 3127A

estimate: $300–500

474

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Ameland letter opener, model 3061A

estimate: $150–200

475

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Ventotene desk organizer, model 3054A

estimate: $400–600

476

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Quattro Spirali

estimate: $5,000–7,000

478

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Trinidad carafe, model 3094A

estimate: $200–300

479

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Cicladi plant stand, model 3111A

estimate: $2,000–3,000

486

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Paros vase, model H

estimate: $4,000–6,000

487

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Paros vide poche, model F

estimate: $2,500–3,500

488

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Paros vide poche, model D1

estimate: $1,200–1,800

494

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Quattro Spirali

estimate: $5,000–7,000

495

### Enzo Mari

Bilancia calendar, model 3017B

estimate: $150–200

496

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Antille ice bucket, model 3074A

estimate: $150–200

497

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Tongareva bowls, collection of four

estimate: $2,000–3,000

498

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Tongareva bowl, model 3089C

estimate: $500–700

500

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Java container, model 3088B

estimate: $100–150

501

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Tongareva bowls, collection of three

estimate: $900–1,200

517

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Box, model 3065

estimate: $1,000–1,500

519

### Enzo Mari

Box, model 3065

estimate: $1,000–1,500

521

### Enzo Mari

Box, model 3065

estimate: $1,000–1,500

522

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Box, model 3065

estimate: $1,000–1,500

523

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Il Gioco Delle Favole game, model 3070B

estimate: $50–100

524

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Box, model 3065

estimate: $1,000–1,500

527

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Tredici, Funghetti

estimate: $1,000–1,500

529

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Bali lamp, model 2003B

estimate: $400–600

531

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16 Animali puzzle, model 3015D

estimate: $600–800

532

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Bali lamp, model 2003B

estimate: $400–600

535

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Serie della Natura: L'oca no 8

estimate: $500–800

Auction Results **Enzo Mari**

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Cubos, collection of five

estimate: $1,500–2,000

result: $8,125

### Enzo Mari

chests, pair

estimate: $10,000–15,000

result: $6,000

### Enzo Mari

Variazione 719

estimate: $5,000–7,000

result: $5,000

### Enzo Mari

Putrella tray and dish

estimate: $50–75

result: $4,063

### Enzo Mari

Variazione 719

estimate: $3,000–5,000

result: $3,750

### Enzo Mari

Cubos, set of two

estimate: $500–700

result: $2,500

### Enzo Mari

Paros-D1 bowl

estimate: $500–700

result: $2,125

### Enzo Mari

Cubo

estimate: $300–500

result: $1,750

### Enzo Mari

Cubos, pair

estimate: $300–500

result: $1,625

### Enzo Mari

Day-Night daybed

estimate: $700–900

result: $1,625

### Enzo Mari

Formosa and Timor calendars

estimate: $200–300

result: $875

### Enzo Mari

16 Animali puzzle

estimate: $500–700

result: $813

### Enzo Mari

Box chair

estimate: $300–500

result: $780

### Enzo Mari

Cubo

estimate: $100–150

result: $750

### Enzo Mari

Pago Pago and Bambu vases

estimate: $50–75

result: $750

### Enzo Mari

16 Animali puzzle

estimate: $200–300

result: $720

### Enzo Mari

La Pantera and Il Gorilla (from the Serie della Natura)

estimate: $700–900

result: $715

### Enzo Mari

16 Animali puzzle

estimate: $300–500

result: $688

### Enzo Mari

Paros D1 vessel

estimate: $500–700

result: $625

### Enzo Mari

16 Pesci puzzle

estimate: $200–300

result: $600

### Enzo Mari

16 Pesci puzzle

estimate: $500–700

result: $594

### Enzo Mari

Tonietta chair

estimate: $100–150

result: $594

### Enzo Mari

Danese poster

estimate: $100–200

result: $500

### Enzo Mari

16 Pesci puzzle

estimate: $500–700

result: $455