Ico Parisi: reality and imagination

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Domenico, “Ico”, Parisi (1916-1996) was an architect with a wonderful imagination that made sparks fly when it came into contact with reality.

Think of when, in the late 1980s, he renovated Venice’s Guggenheim Museum by designing bare plants on one wall, after the fall scenery he had observed only a few months earlier in San Pellegrino Terme.

Or of when, in 1954, he modeled a pavilion for Milan’s Triennale on an origami he had made, in a moment of anger, with the foil paper lining an empty pack of cigarettes.

He started working in interior design in the 1950s, when he opened “La Ruota” in Como with his wife, attracting impressive collaborations with artists and designers such as Lucio Fontana and Bruno Munari.

He designed furniture for great companies, like Singer, Cappellina, and Longhi. For Cassina, he created chairs and armchairs that have gone down in the history of Italian design.

Here are some of the most creative figments of his imagination.

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August 11, 2014