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Ico Parisi
'TERNI' DESK
with metal label MiM / roma
Brazilian and Indian rosewood, mahogany, aluminium
71.5 x 180 x 95.5 cm (28  1/8  x 70  7/8  x 37  5/8  in.)
circa 1958
produced by MiM (Mobili Italiani Moderni), Rome, Italy
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Provenance

Private collection, Milan
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Literature

Gerhard Westermeier and Markus Winter, Luisa & Ico Parisi, exh. cat., Berlin, 2009, figs. 31-32
Roberta Lietti, Ico Parisi Design: Catalogue Raisonné 1936-1960, Milan, 2017, pp. 568-569 for a similar example

Catalogue Note

Ico Parisi was undoubtedly one of the most fervent and versatile Italian artists of the second half of twentieth century. Parisi’s unlimited design creativity was reflected in the most diverse construction solutions and material experimentations. He was an eclectic talent and a brilliant and eccentric character: architect, designer, photographer, filmmaker, artist and more. Parisi believed in the integration of all art forms and this became a core value of all his work.  He was adamant that architectural design and furniture should be designed together. Parisi started collaborating with MIM (Mobili Italian Modern Rome) in the 1950s for which he designed some undisputed design masterpieces such as the ‘TERNI’ desk.

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