Precisely because of his anticonformism Mollino has often been misunderstood, and interpreted in a hagiographic key: instead, this book offers an accurate, authentic portrait.
Born in 1905, Mollino took a degree in 1931 at the Superior School of Architecture of the Accademia Albertina of Turin, the city where he continued to work until his death (1973) and to which he was always linked by an intense, conflictual relationship. Mollino shared in the particular cultural scene that developed in the Piedmont city during the two decades before World War II, but his independent research also drew on stimuli from the main European currents and Futurism. An ironic non-conformist, he worked passionately on design, mixing love of detail with a taste for abstraction. Precisely because of his anticonformism Mollino has often been misunderstood, and interpreted in a hagiographic key: this book remedies the situation, offering an accurate, authentic portrait. The fantastic world of Carlo Mollino, the various visages of his works are clearly ordered, offering a new, stimulating opportunity for interpretation.