Angelo Mangiarotti (1921-2012) - is one of the key figures of twentieth-century Italian design, whose works are included in permanent expositions of world famous museums such as the MoMA in New York. In addition to his active work in Italy and the United States, Mangiarotti also founded Mangiarotti & Associates in Tokyo in 1989.
Mangiarotti used onyx, limestone and Tuscan sandstone in his work, but most of all he loved to work with marble. To better understand the intricacies of working with this material, he traveled to Carrara and interacted with hereditary stonemasons whose families had kept the tradition of working with marble for centuries.
Mangiarotti was highly regarded not only for his exploratory approach to the materials he used, but also for his technique. When designing furniture, Mangiarotti calculated it in such a way that stone table tops were held on the supports only by their own weight. All of the tables and consoles in his designs were made without a single bolt or screw. Laconicism and architectural precision, a combination of the love for natural materials that is common in Japanese design and industrial aesthetics - are the main characteristics of Angelos work, for which his pieces have become world famous.
Mangiarotti’s participation in international exhibitions:
· Tokyo. Gallery-MA. 2004
· Triennale di Milano. 2002
· Carrara. IL DNA della scultura. 1999
· Tokyo. Abitare Italia. 1991
· Los Angeles. California Museum of Science and Industry. 1989
· Museum of Science of Oslo and Museum of Trondheim. 1985
· Chicago. Expo Center. 1983
· Paris. Centre Georges Pompidou. 1983
· Milan. Cinquanta anni di architettura italiana dal 1928 al 1978. Palazzo delle Stelline. 1979
· Florence. La casa abitata. 1965