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Ico Parisi

Ico Parisi is one of our favorite Italian Midcentury Modern designers. Combining elegance, functionality and modern design.

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Ico Parisi

Top Italian Designer Ico Parisi

Ico Parisi is one of our favourite Italian Modern designers. If we want to get some inspiration on vintage and retro furniture, we go through the book of his design pieces. His work is characterized by their Italian Mid-Century Modern aesthetic. Usually using soft woods, often cut into curved or boomerang shapes. His designs are classy and elegant and are a great addition to any interior. Our favourite item by Ico Parisi is the hanging corner shelf. It is hard to believe his pieces are 60-70 years old. 

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Ico and Luisa Parisi

Ico Parisi is one of the most famous architects and interior designers from the Italian Mid-Century period. He was born in Palermo in 1916 as son of an art teacher, however spend most of his life in Como. Although, he already designed before the war; he is more recognized as one of the key personalities of Italian postwar design.

In 1947, Ico Parisi married Luisia Aiana. She was an architect and an apprentice of Gio Ponti. In 1948 they opened their own design studio. Together with his wife, Luisa, he designed amazing furniture that is still very popular amongst collectors and design-lovers.

They designed for Cassina and for De Bagis, MIM Roma and Stildomus. In 1955 Parisi was nominated for the Compasso d’Oro with Model 691 and Model 839 chairs for Сassina.

The Parisis worked as a team and relied on experimentation in style and material for many of their designs. Ico Parisi died in Como in 1996.

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Coffee Table for Cassina

Italian Modernist Coffee Table Designed by Ico Parisi, Model 751, manufactured for Cassina from Italy 1960s. This table has an interesting wooden frame with beautiful lines that is very visible and sets the tone of this table. The glass top falls in the wooden frame and fits perfectly. The base is in good condition, however the current glass top has a chip. It will be replaced before shipping it to the customer.

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Book- or Bar Cabinet

Italian Vintage Book Cabinet or Bar Cabinet attributed to Ico Parisi, 1950s. This amazing piece of furniture is made of wood and ebonized wood and has two functions; it can serve as a book cabinet, but also has a bar corner to be a bar cabinet. It has several nicely designed compartments with shelves and drawers. The slide of the wood on the right bottom corner is great to display a book or a magazine. The feet has brass feet with a pointed shape. There are also brass details on the sides. It is restored and overall in good condition.

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