Ico Parisi Dining Table and six Chairs
£20,000.00LOT LOt 1183
A black lacquered table and six black lacquered chairs with white leather seats, ideal for a bright city drawing room, newly refurbished.
Ico & Luisa Parisi for Ariberto Colombo, Cantù, set of six dining chairs. Sculptural frame with slightly curved butterfly-shaped upholstered backrest, upholstered seat suspended on the pointed corner supports of the underlying x-shaped frame, and tapering legs.
This iconic piece is highly collectible.
Seller location: Faringdon
Material: WoodDimensions (cm): W 100 cm x L 200cm cm x H 80 cm
The Design / Brand
The Italian architect, artist and furniture designer Ico Paris (1916–96) and his wife and frequent collaborator, Luisa Parisi (1914–90), formed one of the most prolific and spirited European design teams of the postwar period. Together they created a magnetic aesthetic that combines the refined angularity and elegance of the work of Gio Ponti with the liveliness and lightness of the furniture of Carlo Mollino.
Ico Parisi — his first name is short for Domenico — was born and raised in Palermo. He moved to the northern Italian city of Como in the early 1930s and lived and worked there the remainder of his life. After Ico married Luisa Aiani — a former student of Gio Ponti’s — in 1947 their design studio became known as an artists’ salon. The couple’s big break as designers came the following year when their work was shown, along with that of Carlo Mollino, Frano Albini and other greats, leading to contracts with manufacturers such as Cassina and Singer & Sons
What attracted these firms was the Parisis’ fluency with a wide array of furniture forms. No two looks are quite alike. Their body of work includes a series of coffee and dining tables and consoles for Singer & Sons created in the early 1950s that feature notch-edged tops and javelin-shaped legs, and cabinets and credenzas such as those with plain fronts and molded-teak and plywood detailing for MIM Rome (1959). Their chairs range from sleek dining pieces with supple, bone-shaped backrests for Singer & Sons to the lush Model 813 Uovo, or Egg Chair, for Cassina (1951). Then, as now, Parisi furnishings can fill an entire decor, yet seem eclectic and at the height of style.
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