Okolo, the Czech creative group behind the undeniably insightful ‘Light Sculptures, Czech Lights 1950 – 1990′ exhibition (presented during last year’s Lodz Design Festival and featured on Dailytonic in November 2011) has organised yet another inspiring show, this time dedicated to the creative output of one of Italy’s most influential mid-20th century designers, Carlo Mollino. On view at Prague’s 3DH Showroom, the exhibition marks the release of a limited-edition print project celebrating the works of this ‘visionary designer, excellent architect, courageous race driver, fearless acrobatic pilot, style-setting skier, photographer and womanizer’, called OKOLO Mollino.
More about the project:
‘Carlo Mollino represents one of the most authentic creative figures of the last century. Mollino became a modern Renaissance man whose production embraced the entire cultural and technological world of his time thanks to his undisguised love of life and everything that our world offers. For us in OKOLO, the artist personifies a phenomenal medium of creativity and entertainment, which presents a broad spectrum of most our interests through the life of a single person.
‘This book and original products serve as our tribute to the master. We pay tribute to a hedonist who managed to enjoy life to the fullest, surrounded by everything he was fascinated and amused by.
‘The book, which presents the work of Carlo Mollino in a different way than usual, is divided into six basic chapters, i.e. six life stages and six of Mollino’s passions. Apart from a text on a specific theme, each part brings a materialized symbol of Mollino’s creativity. Thus, the reader can assemble miniature models of Mollino’s fascinating projects, implementations, and symbols related to Mollino’s life. Paper models serve to update the versatile activities of the charming Italian and place his work into a new context. ‘
‘For the launch of our Mollino book featured in the last story we have prepared this small installation related to the book, as well as some aspects of Mollino`s life. The installation we created in the 3DH furniture showroom for the occasion of the presentation only. It included original Mollino`s Cavour table which is in the production of Zanotta now, as well as several books on Mollino or special designed prints showing visual style of the book and its paper models.’