Tag Archives: Carlo Mollino

Carlo Mollino Designs | Quodlibet | 2020

Carlo Mollino (1905-1973), only son of Eugenio, an engineer, was born in Turin. In the early 1930s, Mollino started his professional activity, which was parallel, however, to the unique passions that contributed to his multifaceted and multidisciplinary fame. Indeed, while his work ranged from architecture to design, from interiors to artistic photography, he was also interested in acrobatic aviation, skiing, and auto racing. His very personal and celebrated idea of contemporary architecture developed between the capital of the Piedmont region and the Western Alps. For his interior designs Mollino borrowed from an assorted world of references, which became an integral part of his idea of domestic space.
Carlo Mollino Designs is a new reading of the work of the great architect and designer by way of unpublished archival documents and in light of the mediation that has been carried out by Zanotta since 1981, when the Fenis chair contributed to the growing interest in one of the liveliest and most versatile figures in modern architecture. The works produced by Zanotta described here cover a time frame of twenty-one years: from the projects for the Miller (1938), Minola (1944), and Orengo (1949) houses, all the way to the year 1959 and the Fenis alpine chair conceived for the Politecnico di Torino.

Authors: Laura Milan and Pier Paolo Peruccio

Publisher: Quodlibet quodlibet.it

Year: 2020

Carlo Mollino. L’arte di costruire in montagna: Casa Garelli – Champoluc | Electa | 2018

Garelli House is the last private building designed by Carlo Mollino, erected between 1962 and 1965 in Champoluc (Aosta Valley).

The book, published by Electa in the Architetti e architetture series, is curated by Laura Milan and Sergio Pace who put together for the first time documents form the Archive, owned by the Politecnico di Torino, and from the Garelli family, who goes on living the house at the top of the Val d’Ayas, giving their interpretation of one of the most famous, but less studied, Alpine Architectures of Mollino.

The holiday home commissioned by the entrepreneur Felice Garelli, enthusiast supporter of the traditional Alpine architectures deeply studied by the young Mollino, is as a sort of “collage Dada” which moves, recovers and transforms the old Rascard Taleuc (erected in 1664 on the slope where the new house looks), and creates a fascinating new building that is able to reinterpret the Alpine tradition in a completely new, personal and not folkloristic way.

Reviews: Elle Decor Klat Magazine

Authors: Laura Milan and Sergio Pace

Publisher: Electa

Year: 2018

Fondazione per l’Architettura | Carlo Mollino: a lecture and a tour| 2018


In the frame of the exhibition “L’occhio magico di Carlo Mollino. Fotografie 1934-1973” organised by CAMERA – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia (8 gennaio – 13 maggio 2018) Laura Milan was entrusted by the Fondazione per l’Architettura to give a lecture together with Sergio Pace  to present Carlo Mollino as an architect. Laura Milan and Sergio Pace, historians of architecture, have been the guides of a journey in space and time, almost 40 years long, between the city of Turin and the Alps, where the architecture of Mollino is a stop-over. The works, the result of small private projects or large public works, are still all existing and date back to the period between 1933 and 1973. Among these: the headquarters of the Federation of Farmers of Cuneo with Vittorio Baudi di Selve (1933-34) , the Casa del Fascio of Voghera with Eugenio Mollino (1934), the sledge to the Nero Lake, above Sauze d’Oulx (1946-47), the House for Felice Garelli in Champoluc (1963-65), the Casa in Viale Maternità ad Aosta (1951-53), the complex for the INA Casa di Torino (1957). Great attention will be given to his most important works: the Palazzo degli Affari for the Turin Chamber of Commerce, built between 1964 and 1973 together with Carlo Graffi, Alberto Galardi and Antonio Migliasso, and the new Teatro Regio, realized with Carlo Graffi , Sergio Musmeci and Marcello and Adolfo Zavelani Rossi between 1965 and 1973. The project was presented on TAO Magazine.

In the same period Laura Milan guided two tours to discover Palazzo degli Affari, one of the most interesting modern buildings in Turin, and the Teatro Regio, a work-symbol of the architectural production of Carlo Mollino.


Client: Fondazione per l’Architettura, Turin 

Year: 2018


Carlo Mollino | Haus der Kunst – Monaco | 2012

Carlo Mollino. Maniera moderna” was promoted and organised by the pretigious Haus der Kunst in Munich. It displayed for the first time in Germany the polyedric architect from Torino, reading his projects through a selection of buildings, furniture, photographs and passions: from the Casa del Sole (Cervinia) to the Regio Theatre (Torino), from the Lutrario Dance Hall (Torino) to the House on the Agra plateau (Luino) and unpublished Polaroid photographs (all preserved in the archives of the Faculty of Architecture of the Politecnico of Torino), the DaMolNar, the manuals on skiing and the history of photography. The exhibition displays a large selection of furniture too: chairs, armchairs and tables designed inside his interiors.

Laura Milan was research assistant for the exhibition and assistant to the scientific curator of the Carlo Mollino Fund and participated in the writing of the catalogue and of the booklet.

Client: Haus der Kunst, Munich

Period: 2011-2012

Carlo Mollino – Maniera Moderna
15 settembre 2011 – 08 gennaio 2012
Haus der Kunst, Munich
in cooperation with Museo Casa Mollino, Turin, the Archive of the Central Library for Architecture of the Polytechnic, Turin, and the State Academy of Design, Karlsruhe

Curators: Chris Dercon, Director Tate Modern, London in cooperation with Wilfried Kuehn, Curator and Architect, Berlin, and Armin Linke, Curator and Artist, Berlin

Catalogue: with essays by Luca Cerizza, Beatriz Colomina, Fulvio and Napoleone Ferrari, Kurt W. Forster, Wilfried Kuehn, and a photographical essay by Armin Linke, in English