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  • Carlo Mollino ceiling light set for $470,000 auction in London
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    Paul Fraser
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Carlo Mollino ceiling light set for $470,000 auction in London

A ceiling light designed by Carlo Mollino for the Casa Orengo in Turin is valued at £220,000-280,000 ($369,138-469,812) ahead of Phillips' London auction on April 29.

The lot is constructed from brass, wood and opalescent glass. It was manufactured in 1949.

Carlo Mollino light Phillips
Mollino designed the light for the Casa Orengo in Turin in 1949

Mollino (1905-1973) was a flamboyant and eccentric Italian architect whose sensual and idiosyncratic designs proved hugely influential on generations of young designers.

He was born into wealth and lived the life of an international playboy, and cultivated a lifelong interest in fast cars and the occult.

Alongside his work as a designer, he produced thousands of erotic Polaroids showing women in various states of undress. This obsession with the female form is visible in much of his furniture.

Perhaps his best-known architectural commission is the grand Teatro Regio in Turin, which he built in the 1960s.

Elsewhere, a detachable entry lodge designed for the Ferembal offices in Nancy, France by Jean Prouve is estimated at £180,000-240,000 ($302,022-402,696).

Jean Prouve barracks
Prouve specialised in mobile structures that could be quickly assembled

The lot was designed in 1943-1944 as part of a flat packed barracks that could be assembled and disassembled in a short space of time.

After the war, Prouve (1901-1984) was called upon to create houses that could be swiftly assembled in the aftermath of a natural disaster (the design came to be known as the Maison Tropicale).

In 2007, an example sold for $4.9m at Christie's New York to hotelier Andre Balzas.

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  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
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