Carlo Mollino at Sebastian+Barquet, London
Sebastian + Barquet London
19 Bruton Place
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Skeleton filled closets are par for the course for those under the beady scrutiny of the public eye - and when those skeletons are as devastatingly attractive as the ones concealed in the late modernist designer Carlo Mollinoï¿½s immaculately kept cupboards, it beggars belief they haven't seen light sooner.
Click here to see the photographic talent that lay hidden behind designer Carlo Mollino
World-renowned for his matchless approach to modernist design, Mollino worked throughout the first three quarters of last century in every aspect of the field.
A leading design figure to this day, Mollinoï¿½s fame, true to form, sky rocketed in the wake of his demise. Few else can claim to have sold a table (despite being 30 years after his death in 2003) for Â£2 million.
Whilst Mollinoï¿½s day-to-day work afforded him plenty international renown, his photographic prowess has gone relatively unrecognized. West London institution Sebastian + Barquetï¿½s latest exhibition, Carlo Mollino, looks to right that wrong this month with an exhibition of 12 Polaroid photographs dug up from Mollinoï¿½s apartment in Turin.
Despite their exotic, unsettling allure, the photographs ï¿½ comprised entirely of nude or semi-nude female models ï¿½ bring to mind the slightly stuffy aesthetic of Victorian tart cards. Staged miniatures of local women and prostitutes, Mollino had his subjects pose in a variety of compromising positions.
Displayed alongside a selection of Mollinoï¿½s most prolific furniture pieces and a video installation of his extensive design portfolio, the photographs lend an element of intimacy to Mollinoï¿½s exacting design legacy.