Custom Modular Sofa

From the Bignardi Residence, Milan

Architect Angelo Mangiarotti completed the Bignardi Residence in the early 1950s. This unique sofa was custom made for this interior.

The project was widely documented and the following images from Domus, No. 269, April 1952 show this work in situ.




Family photo illustrating this sofa in situ.

Angelo Mangiarotti 1921–2012

Italian architect and designer Angelo Mangiarotti was known for applying a personal and humanistic approach to functional design. Born in Milan in 1921, he earned a degree in architecture from Milan Politecnico in 1948. Mangiarotti was fascinated by the methods and techniques employed in city-planning and architecture in addition to a passion for beauty and design. In 1953, while serving as a guest lecturer at the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago he made connections to Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Walter Gropius.

Mangiarotti returned to Italy in 1955 establishing a firm with Bruno Morasutti, later opening his own firm in 1960. His inventive nature and craftsmanship was employed in numerous projects from marble bowls and glass collections for Knoll to urban planning and industrial design projects. In 1989, he established the Mangiarotti & Associates Office based in Tokyo, Japan. A highly regarded designer, Mangiarotti was presented with the Domus Formica award in 1956, the American Industrial Partners award for industrial construction works in 1972, the gold medal in architecture by the Accademia della Torre of Carrara in 1998, and a dedicated exhibition held at Calenzano's Design Museum in May 2010. Angelo Mangiarotti died in Milan in 2012.

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Auction Results Angelo Mangiarotti

ANGELO MANGIAROTTI, Equilibrio di una Relazione Vitale | wright20.com

Angelo Mangiarotti

Equilibrio di una Relazione Vitale

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $33,600
ANGELO MANGIAROTTI, dining table | wright20.com

Angelo Mangiarotti

dining table

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $32,500
ANGELO MANGIAROTTI, bronze vessels, set of six | wright20.com

Angelo Mangiarotti

bronze vessels, set of six

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $22,800
ANGELO MANGIAROTTI, dining table | wright20.com

Angelo Mangiarotti

dining table

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $20,400
ANGELO MANGIAROTTI, dining table | wright20.com

Angelo Mangiarotti

dining table

estimate: $9,000–12,000
result: $20,000
ANGELO MANGIAROTTI, Eros coffee table | wright20.com

Angelo Mangiarotti

Eros coffee table

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $19,200
ANGELO MANGIAROTTI, dining table from the Eros Collection | wright20.com

Angelo Mangiarotti

dining table from the Eros Collection

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $18,750
ANGELO MANGIAROTTI, Eros console | wright20.com

Angelo Mangiarotti

Eros console

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $18,000
ANGELO MANGIAROTTI, Eros console | wright20.com

Angelo Mangiarotti

Eros console

estimate: $9,000–12,000
result: $18,000
ANGELO MANGIAROTTI, dining table | wright20.com

Angelo Mangiarotti

dining table

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $17,500
ANGELO MANGIAROTTI, Idlor armchair, set of six | wright20.com

Angelo Mangiarotti

Idlor armchair, set of six

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $17,500
ANGELO MANGIAROTTI, Inca console | wright20.com

Angelo Mangiarotti

Inca console

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $17,500
ANGELO MANGIAROTTI, chandelier | wright20.com

Angelo Mangiarotti

chandelier

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $16,800
ANGELO MANGIAROTTI, vessels, set of six | wright20.com

Angelo Mangiarotti

vessels, set of six

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $15,600
ANGELO MANGIAROTTI, console from the Eros collection | wright20.com

Angelo Mangiarotti

console from the Eros collection

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $15,000
ANGELO MANGIAROTTI, Inca console | wright20.com

Angelo Mangiarotti

Inca console

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $15,000
ANGELO MANGIAROTTI, Eros side table | wright20.com

Angelo Mangiarotti

Eros side table

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $14,400
ANGELO MANGIAROTTI, Eros occasional table | wright20.com

Angelo Mangiarotti

Eros occasional table

estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $14,400
ANGELO MANGIAROTTI, vase | wright20.com

Angelo Mangiarotti

vase

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $13,800
ANGELO MANGIAROTTI, coffee table | wright20.com

Angelo Mangiarotti

coffee table

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $11,875
ANGELO MANGIAROTTI, custom desk from the Eros collection | wright20.com

Angelo Mangiarotti

custom desk from the Eros collection

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $11,430
ANGELO MANGIAROTTI, planter | wright20.com

Angelo Mangiarotti

planter

estimate: $4,000–5,000
result: $11,400
ANGELO MANGIAROTTI, Eros occasional table | wright20.com

Angelo Mangiarotti

Eros occasional table

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $11,400
ANGELO MANGIAROTTI, Bilobato coffee table from the Eros collection | wright20.com

Angelo Mangiarotti

Bilobato coffee table from the Eros collection

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $11,400