Carlo Mollino

Salon 94

Carlo Mollino earned his place in the history of design long ago. Lately, however, his idiosyncratic interiors have been discussed less than his stash of nearly 1,500 erotic photographs found in a drawer after his death. Who knew this eccentric modern had a passion for hookers and Polaroids? In this exhibition, about twenty photos of dolled-up and carefully posed Turinese prostitutes taken by Mollino himself were encased in deeply recessed frames that suggested tiny windows onto the mind of a pervy romantic.

Mollino (1905–73), the son of a prominent engineer, studied architecture, then engineering, and went on to design everything from theatrical sets and clothing to ski lodges and race cars. Many of his designs made reference to the female form, which he apparently considered ideal (the legs and split back of a signature wooden side chair from 1947 suggest limbs stretching up and out of

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