Carlo Mollino, Apartment in Via Napione, Turin, Italy, 1960
Carlo Mollino, Apartment in Via Napione, Turin, Italy, 1960 (view in google maps)
Carlo Molina born in Turin, Italy in 1905. He was an Italian architect, designer, photographer, and engineer. He was the son of Eugenio Mollino, an engineer. He died in 1973, while still working.
The apartment in Via Napione in Turin was created by Carlo Mollino in the years after 1960. The sophisticated interior is located on the last floor of a house of the 19th century. The House was uninhabited and Mollino rarely mentioned its existence to his friends. Similar to his other surrealistic interiors he also used for this particular domicile a lot of mirrors and red velvet curtains. The apartment can be entered through a Japanese wall to the entrance area which is furnished with luscious curtains and wall decorations. The table in the dining room has marble columns as legs. In the living area there is a swinging divan bed and zebra carpets on the floor and also two big shells. Every room of the apartment is a simulacrum of a real or intimate landscape: a vestibule garden with blue and white flowers. The sitting room has blown-up photographic forests, zebras, snails and winged bronze lions. There is also a special room with leopard spotted walls and an army of 316 butterflies. It seems like Mollino has furnished and filled this apartment with things like a pharaoh his pyramid, which objects shall accompany his afterlife.
Anna Bęza and Dominika Puchalska November 2016