I stumbled across these images from an exhibition at Galleria Carla Sozzani in Milan and thought I’d just whack ‘em up with a, “cool pics of a cool pad eh?” But then I started to read about the guy who designed the place, Carlo Mollino (1905-1973), and things took a turn for the weird.
An architect, photographer and furniture designer and according to one website I’ve found, a sex maniac and drug addict, Mollino lived in Turin in Italy. Along with buildings, he also designed a couple of racecars and special device for walking on snow.
Mollino was a student of the occult (!) and obsessed with the tomb of the ancient Egyptian royal architect, Kha, which was housed in a museum in his hometown. Like the ancient Egyptians, Mollino believed that the human soul was made of semi-divine parts that survived death. To that end, he spent the last 14 years of his life decorating this apartment, just as Kha decorated his pyramid in his spare time. Mollino never stayed the night here (another luxurious apartment was his primary residence) because it was essentially his own modern day pyramid, decorated with the things he wanted to take into the afterlife.
Fulvio and Napoleone Ferrari now own Casa Mollino and they have recreated the original state of the interiors. Open to the public by appointment only. Torino, Via Giovanni Francesco Napione 2 (10124)
Mollino was hugely prolific and I haven’t even touched on the other work he created (numerous buildings, town planning, books on skiing, furniture, racecars) and his furniture now goes for record prices at auction.
Design Boom with info about his furniture, photography etc
The Furniture of Carlo Mollino, the only monograph on the furniture and interior design of Carlo Mollino,
authors Fulvio Ferrari and Napoleone Ferrari
Carlo Mollino by Paolo Frello,