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Ico Parisi Furniture - About the designer Domenico (Ico) Parisi (1916-1996)

Added 04 September 2013 at 20:14

Domenico (Ico) Parisi (1916-1996), son of an art teacher, was born in Sicily but lived most of his life in Como, North Italy.

Parisi defined himself as a Renaissance Artist who was interested in all forms of art. In a career spanning over 50 years he pursued architecture, design, painting, photography, installation & performance. Quite a different direction for the man who started out as a civil engineer.

It was in the 1930`s in Italy under Mussolini that Parisi was drawn to the country`s artistic revival. He joined Avant-Garde art movements and worked as a photographer for the Modernist Architect Giuseppe Terragni.

Following war service, Parisi married architect Luisa Aiani who had been a pupil of Gio Ponti. Parisi himself went on to graduate as an architect in 1950.

Together the husband & wife team set up a design company producing furniture, ceramics, glass & jewellery.

Parisi`s designs are characterised by organic curvaceous wooden & metal frames, as well as funky, modernist forms of the 50`s Atomic Age. Their designs reflected the pared-down modernism of the time but with a uniquely Italian taste.

The Parisis would go on to design over 150 interiors. This retrospective feature on the couple appeared in ELLE Decor, January 2013 edition.

In the 1970`s Ico Parisi published his first book on photography. Following this he worked on installations which included an exhibition at the Pompidou Centre in 1988.

If you like the Ico Parisi style, look into our Contemporary Collection  for our Ico Parisi inspired kidney sofa available to order in a choice of 25 colours of quality Italian velvet upholstery.

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