Monday, 13 August 2012
London auction house Christie’s will present a collection of furnishings from the Casa Cattaneo, designed in 1953 by Carlo Mollino, the most sought-after Italian designer of the twentieth century, in its sale of 20th Century Decorative Art & Design on 23 October 2012.
Constructed on the foothills of the Alps, and benefitting from majestic views over Lake Maggiore, the Casa Cattaneo endures as a unique and complete surviving expression of Carlo Mollino’s distinctive architecture and interior design. It is the only private villa ever designed by Mollino and is one of very few of his structures to remain intact. Comprising ten lots, the collection is expected to realise in excess of £700,000.
The furnishings that Carlo Mollino designed for the Casa Cattaneo perfectly complement the styling of the villa’s architecture, made of a variety of natural materials that echo the building’s construction.
Simon Andrews, International Specialist, 20th Century Decorative Art & Design commented: “Carlo Mollino is today acknowledged as one of the most strikingly original creators of twentieth century Italian architecture and design, whose few remaining works are today preserved in international museums and private collections.”