Furniture for Carlo Bugatti’s enchanted world

We showcased Carlo Bugatti’s furniture with a gallery dedicated to chairs, sofas and benches a while back.

But when the Milan-born sculptor and designer (1855-1940) moved to Paris in the early 1900s, his workshop on Rue Jeanne-d’Arc turned into a smithy of wondrous pieces, merging dozens of styles from Gothic to Japanese, from Byzantine to Persian and Greek – we had to come back to his incredible work.

Each piece contributes to the enchanted world created by Carlo Bugatti, which is “unlike any other” according to Philippe Dejean: “A journey of sorts that mixes art history’s entire decor repertoire and achieves a fantastic extrapolation, almost like a mirage, a toy, something we can barely believe” (translated from Ph. Dejean, “Carlo-Rembrandt-Ettore-Jean Bugatti”, Automobilia, Milan 1982).

Here are some examples of the furniture in Carlo Bugatti’s enchanted world.

Carlo Bugatti, mobili

Credenza with mirror, wood with yellow and light blue metal inlay, decorated with copper applications

Wall-mounted piece with mirror, black painted wood with bone and metal inlay

Carlo Bugatti, mobili

Desk and chair in black painted wood, with bone and metal inlay, covered in parchment

Carlo Bugatti, mobili

Three-panel screen in black painted wood, with metal inlay and covered with parchment

Carlo Bugatti, mobili

Wooden armoire covered in parchment, decorated with copper disks

Carlo Bugatti, mobili

Four-panel wooden screen, with mother of pear and coral inlay

Carlo Bugatti, mobili

Wooden armoire with metal and copper inlay


Most Read

Gucci Garden: the maison’s “secret” garden

by Barbara PalladinoLocated in Palazzo della Mercanzia, at the very heart of Florence, Gucci Garden straddles reality and the imagination, summing up...

Anna Fendi’s taste for elegance

by Barbara PalladinoFashion, just like wine, hinges its success on three running themes: passion, excellence and research. These are indeed the three...

Nanda Vigo: the “light artist”

by Barbara PalladinoArchitect, designer and artist Nanda Vigo recently passed away in Milan. An undisputed protagonist of the creative scene in the...

Fontana dell’Acqua Paola: Roman icon

The Fontana dell’Acqua Paola (Acqua Paola Fountain) is one of Rome’s most famous sites and has appeared in movies and songs. Also...