Angelo Mangiarotti, architect, engineer, designer and late-in-life sculptor, considered a maestro of Italian design and still working daily in his Milan studio at age 90, is to us more of an Italian living national treasure.
Highly regarded for his architecture, thanks to his tireless research into materials and construction techniques, it’s his design work for Skipper, Knoll, Brambilla, Bernini and Colle from the 1960s to the 1980s and his 1990s experimental sculptural work that we really pine for.
Both are heading skywards at galleries like London’s Themes and Variations, Milan’s Nilufar and on the auction blocks at Phillips de Pury in London and Wright20 in Chicago, so we welcome the news that Agape, who have been producing three of Mangiarotti’s monumental marble basins since 2003, are re-editing some of his rare and hard to find furniture, including the Eros and Incas table groups.
In marble and stone, the tables, first developed for the now-defunct Skipper in 1971 and 1978, are typical Mangiarotti: gravity based interlocking designs with no traditional joints. Agape have launched the pieces to coincide with a new retrospective, Angelo Mangiarotti - Scolpire/Costruire, on until November 8th at the Casa del Mantegna.
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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.
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