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A Dining Suite From The Furnishings of Casa Cattaneo
By Carlo Mollino
Executed by Ettore Canali, Brescia (1953)
Estimated price: £500,000-700,000

Carlo Mollino (1905-1973) was one of the most strikingly original creators of 20th century Italian architecture and design; his few remaining works are largely preserved in international museums and private collections.

Born in Turin, the son of the region’s most prominent engineer and architect, Carlo Mollino produced a spectacular portfolio of work including domestic commissions for resorts, hotel interiors and commercial developments from the late 1940s until the mid-1950s.

The furnishings of Casa Cattaneo, 1953, are one of Mollino’s most important domestic commissions. Constructed in the foothills of the Alps, the Casa Cattaneo endures as a unique and complete surviving expression of Mollino’s distinctive architecture and interior design.

This stylish dining suite was the central focus of Luigi Cattaneo’s extended family gatherings. Constructed of oak and chestnut, the dining table was designed with an
under-structure that responded to the villa’s beams and buttresses. Surrounding the dining table was a suite of visionary chairs, carved from chestnut and secured by brass bolts that corresponded to the wall panelling.

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First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on October 21, 2012.