Interior of the Ada and Cesare Minola House with the Mollino designed radio cabinet.
Image courtesy of Museo Casa Mollino, Torino

Everything is permissible as long as it is fantastic.

Carlo Mollino

Carlo Mollino 1905–1973

As a child, Carlo Mollino was smitten by the engineering work of his father and his infatuation led him to the study of constructional engineering and architecture at the University of Turin. After graduating, Mollino worked at his father’s studio before founding his own architectural and interior design practice run out of the same space. He built several famed structures including the Società Ippica Torinese (1937-40, now destroyed), Casa del Sole, Cervinia (1947-54) and the Teatro Regio Torino (1965-73) as well as several private homes and apartments.

Aside from architecture and interior design, Mollino possessed a love of race cars; he created sweptback cars for himself to race and even set a record at Le Mans that remained unbroken for two years. An expert skier obsessed with aerodynamics and clean lines, Mollino wrote a book on the subject. Not only did he love speed and the sleek bodies of automobiles but the voluptuous curves of the female form inspired a series of erotic photographs featuring nude models on and around his own furniture designs. The idealized female form and aerodynamics motivated his design aesthetic, curved backs, slim ankles, and hourglass shapes abound in his furniture designs. Moving away from the austerity of the Modernist movement, Mollino imbued his furniture with a sense of the feminine and the surreal.

Auction Results Carlo Mollino

CARLO MOLLINO, Important Tipo B chair from the Lisa Ponti Apartment | Wright20.com

Carlo Mollino

Important Tipo B chair from the Lisa Ponti Apartment
estimate: $300,000–500,000
result: $348,500

CARLO MOLLINO, set of six dining chairs from the Casa del Sole, Ristorante Pavia, Cervinia | Wright20.com

Carlo Mollino

set of six dining chairs from the Casa del Sole, Ristorante Pavia, Cervinia
estimate: $100,000–150,000
result: $216,000

CARLO MOLLINO, Important coffee table, model 1114 | Wright20.com

Carlo Mollino

Important coffee table, model 1114
estimate: $150,000–200,000
result: $215,000

CARLO MOLLINO, coffee table, model 1114 | Wright20.com

Carlo Mollino

coffee table, model 1114
estimate: $80,000–120,000
result: $206,500

CARLO MOLLINO, coffee table, model #1114 | Wright20.com

Carlo Mollino

coffee table, model #1114
estimate: $40,000–50,000
result: $180,000

CARLO MOLLINO, Important coffee table, model 1114 | Wright20.com

Carlo Mollino

Important coffee table, model 1114
estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $161,000

CARLO MOLLINO, desk from Reale Mutua Assicurazioni | Wright20.com

Carlo Mollino

desk from Reale Mutua Assicurazioni
estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $156,000

CARLO MOLLINO, coffee table, model #1114 | Wright20.com

Carlo Mollino

coffee table, model #1114
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $156,000

CARLO MOLLINO, coffee table, model #1114 | Wright20.com

Carlo Mollino

coffee table, model #1114
estimate: $40,000–50,000
result: $132,000

CARLO MOLLINO, bed from the Casa Minola | Wright20.com

Carlo Mollino

bed from the Casa Minola
estimate: $100,000–150,000
result: $120,000

CARLO MOLLINO, Important coffee table, model 1114 | Wright20.com

Carlo Mollino

Important coffee table, model 1114
estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $80,500

CARLO MOLLINO, Talucci side chair | Wright20.com

Carlo Mollino

Talucci side chair
estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $57,600

CARLO MOLLINO, dining table from the Casa del Sole, Ristorante Pavia, Cervinia | Wright20.com

Carlo Mollino

dining table from the Casa del Sole, Ristorante Pavia, Cervinia
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $54,000

CARLO MOLLINO, chair from the Casa del Sole, Cervinia | Wright20.com

Carlo Mollino

chair from the Casa del Sole, Cervinia
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $54,000

CARLO MOLLINO, chair from the Casa del Sole, Cervinia | Wright20.com

Carlo Mollino

chair from the Casa del Sole, Cervinia
estimate: $40,000–50,000
result: $45,600

CARLO MOLLINO, cabinet from the Ferro residence, Torino | Wright20.com

Carlo Mollino

cabinet from the Ferro residence, Torino
estimate: $35,000–40,000
result: $42,000

CARLO MOLLINO, chair from the Casa del Sole, Cervinia | Wright20.com

Carlo Mollino

chair from the Casa del Sole, Cervinia
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $42,000

CARLO MOLLINO, Chair from Casa del Sole | Wright20.com

Carlo Mollino

Chair from Casa del Sole
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $38,750

CARLO MOLLINO, Casa del Sole chair | Wright20.com

Carlo Mollino

Casa del Sole chair
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $37,500

CARLO MOLLINO, Suora floor lamp | Wright20.com

Carlo Mollino

Suora floor lamp
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $35,000

CARLO MOLLINO, chair from the Casa del Sole, Cervinia | Wright20.com

Carlo Mollino

chair from the Casa del Sole, Cervinia
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $35,000

CARLO MOLLINO, set of eight chairs from Lutrario Hall, Turin | Wright20.com

Carlo Mollino

set of eight chairs from Lutrario Hall, Turin
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $35,000

CARLO MOLLINO, dining chairs from Lutrario Hall, set of eight | Wright20.com

Carlo Mollino

dining chairs from Lutrario Hall, set of eight
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $30,000

CARLO MOLLINO, Suora floor lamp | Wright20.com

Carlo Mollino

Suora floor lamp
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $26,250