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Ico Parisi Colorful Bookcase Model '457' in Wood and Metal



Ico Parisi for Brugnoli Mobili Cantú, bookcase model 457, lacquered wood, mahogany, brass, Italy, 1955 Beautiful small bookcase designed by Ico Parisi. This open bookcase with four shelves in different colors has a low height of 108cm. Originally it was designed for a boy's bedroom and therefore it was created to be easily accessible for children. The shelves can be arranged to your own liking in the way that the order of colors can be changed. But not only the colorful appearance catches the eye. Also the way the shelves end in a round shape that reminds of a handle serves not only the functional need to prevent items to fall over but also it has a decorative aspect. Ico Parisi (1916-1996) is one of the pioneers who helped shape postwar Italian design. Parisi is now known for fluent, curved and delicate simplified modern design. In Italy, reform took place not in a new institute such as the Bauhaus, but in the sophisticated upperclass private spaces. Here paths crossed of Ponti, Campigli, Melotti and also Ico and his wife Luisa. At the age of twenty Parisi graduates from the Istituto Tecnico G. Castellini as an Industrial Head Technician. According to Parisi himself, his first design dates from this time. He also starts to work as a painter and photographer before he had to work as a soldier in the war. His life really starts after the war when he meet his wife Luisa Aiani. From here onwards his designs are recognized and exhibited and he starts to collaborate with MIM Roma in 1958 and Stildomus in 1959.


  • Creator
    Ico Parisi (Designer),Brugnoli Mobili Cantú (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 42.52 in. (108 cm)Width: 41.74 in. (106 cm)Depth: 9.45 in. (24 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Every item Morentz offers is checked by our team of 30 craftsmen in our in-house workshop. Special restoration or reupholstery requests can be done. We guarantee a very highquality standard, ask our design specialists for detailed information.
  • Seller Location
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 450149181stDibs: LU933125289042

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    Ships From: Waalwijk, Netherlands
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Located in Waalwijk, Netherlands

Established in 2006, Morentz has a team of approximately 55 restorers, upholsterers, interior advisers and art historians, making it a gallery, workshop and upholstery studio, all in one. Every day, a carefully selected array of 20th-century furniture arrives from all over the world at the firm’s warehouse, where the team thoroughly e...

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