Untitled (drawing for a chair)
Italy, 1948
Carlo Mollino

Graphite on paper
7 × 6¼”

Mollino possessed an engineer’s precision that manifests itself in his work. He collected numerous patents for inventions throughout his lifetime, including those for honeycomb concrete, tubular steel, and even a new device for creating perspective drawings. In 1952, he invented a method for cold-pressing thin plywood that allowed him to form his “Arabesque” collection of furniture. —Wright

The drawing illustrates the front elevation of a chair designed for the Galleria Vigna Nuova, Turin.

(Photo: Wright)