Carlo Mollino was born in 1905 at Torino and studied Architecture. He began a multifaceted carrier, he dealt with the decoration of internal spaces, the photograph, the planning self-propelled, while also he taught, he flew with planes and became instructor of ski. He draws with influences from the natural world of Art Nouveau, the Surrealism and the Futurism and creates unique furniture. He dies from cardiac offence in August 1973.
He was clearly Surrealist from 1930 until 1940. At 1944, Mollino became "sculptor". Between 1950 and 1955, simplified his drawings making furniture, with straight lines or made from curvilinear plywood. He always wanted to reach the result naturally. He accomplished to create modern internal spaces, using or redesigning antique pieces. One from the main characteristics of his work, is the combination of the old and the modern.
At the same time, Mollino loved Alps. He analyzed the manufactures and the provision of buildings and daily objects of mountain culture, using the results of his research when he drew his furniture. He had the talent to see in his brain the object in the space. He had also the faculty to draw also with his two hands simultaneously, even in asymmetrical drawings. And finally he had the sense of proportion, dimension and relation between the departments.
He studied ski with mathematic approach with extension in the physics. He saw the traces that skiers left in the fresh snow, as abstract movement that balances between the laws of nature and the harmonious beauty. As the undulate lines in his drawings. For the same reasons, he loved to make acrobatics with aeroplanes. Moreover, the glass, the mirror and the colorful glass, constitute characteristic of expression of Mollino. He accomplished to impart emphasis in this material, as the transparency, the brightness and the reflection.
In the med ‘50s, Mollino devoted to a collection of elements around woman's body, photographing hundreds women. It does not exist any doubt that woman inspired substantially Mollino. He had the faculty to get ''incarnated'' at the same moment in different personalities: the designer, the photographer, the writer, the skier. He was moving, searching emotions and new stimuli with a way of continuous movement that stopped only with his death.
Mollino created an enormous treasure: tables with humanoid forms, small tables with arabesque, chairs with provocative and released forms, sharp outlines or with vertebral column form, all there, abandoned and covered with dust.