Ico Parisi, ‘"Lerici" Shelving Unit’, 1958, Sotheby's: Important Design

Produced by M.I.M. Roma

Signature: impressed 32 and 31 with producer's labels

Domus, no. 359, October 1959, p. 44
Domus, no. 402, May 1963, p. 133
Roberto Aloi, L'Arredamento Moderno: VII Serie, Milan, 1964, p. 265
Giuliana Gramigna, Repetitorio 1950-1980, Milan, 1985, p. 125

About Ico Parisi

Ico Parisi was one of the influential designers who shaped the look of the 1950s. The Sicilian-born architect considered himself a Renaissance man, and he was prolific as a filmmaker and designer of furniture, glass, and jewelry. Alone or in collaboration with his wife, Luisa, a student of Gio Ponti, Parisi worked to create desks, chairs, and upholstered sofas in wood and metal for high-end clients. In pieces like his 1955 lounge chair, with its crimson or lime green upholstery and curvaceous wooden frame, Parisi’s work epitomizes the funky, modernist style of the early atomic age.

Italian, 1916-1996