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carlo mollino cavour desk

by Carlo Mollino, from Zanotta

carlo mollino cavour desk

Design Carlo Mollino, 1949
Glass top, oak frame
Made in Italy by Zanotta

"Everything is permissible as long as it is fantastic."
-Carlo Mollino

The Cavour desk features legs in solid natural or black varnished oak, or in solid Canaletto walnut; wax-finished varnish. Extractable open tray and drawer element veneered in natural or black varnished oak, or in Canaletto walnut, wax-finished varnish, both covered with 5/16" thick extra-clear tempered plate glass, back-painted in black. 1/2" thick clear or extra-clear plate glass top, only matching the frames in natural oak or Canaletto walnut, or 1/2" thick smoky grey plate glass top, matching the black oak frame. Since its birth in 1949, the elegant and sexy design of the Cavour is still very unique and impressive.

Upon request an Executive kit is available, including the bottom of the extractable open tray and the first drawer covered with black cowhide 95, one desk pad in black cowhide 95, size 311/2"x1911/16" and one pen-holder in solid wood, made in the same finishes as the writing desk.

Born in Turin, Piedmont, Carlo Mollino grew up and became interested in a variety of topics that were as gaudy as his art, such as design, architecture, the occult, and race cars. His outrageous credo was certainly reflected throughout his body of work. Mollino's architecture and furniture are famous for their ability to enable occupants to manipulate volumes at a whim. Carlo Mollino died in 1973, he was still working.

The Cavour desk can also be specified with drawer tower on left side when facing desk. This would be a special order, please call the showroom to specify. 1.866.663.4483.

97.2" w | 29.5" h | 35.4" d

$24,002.00 + free shipping
(please allow 12-16 weeks for delivery)
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Carlo Mollino

Carlo Mollino of Turin, Italy was more inspired by his eccentric interests than he ever was by convention. Though beginning his career as an architect, Mollino moved into other disciplines, where he infused his loves of skiing, race car driving, the female form, and the occult. Of his many works, the highest demand is made for his furniture, due to its rarity. His pieces were mostly all commissioned, and are scarce. Mollino’s interests culminate in his furniture design, which display mechanical function, the wooden angles of Alpine homes, and womanly curves. As a ski-enthusiast, he wrote a book sharing his personal skiing methods. As a photographer, he worked largely with Polaroids and used his apartment as the stylized set for his nude female subjects. One room in his apartment had an even more specific purpose, designed to be Mollino’s own tomb in which he hoped to die and remain. However; this idea, directly inspired by the Egyptian pharaohs, was unrealized. He died of an unexpected heart-attack in 1973.
Established in 1954, Zanotta is one of the recognized leaders in Italian industrial design. Guided by the insight and wonderful entrepreneurship abilities of the founder, Aureilio Zanotta, beginning in the 1960s it won and has held the international spotlight. This was thanks to its products: emblematic for both their formal and technological innovations.


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