by Carlo Mollino
The architect Carlo Mollino was different than most of his compatriots and peers. While functionalism was in its heyday during the 1940’s, he indulged himself in a style that was influenced by surrealism. The trained architect Mollino could do many things and had high ambitions. He threw himself into skiing, car-racing, but also turned his attention to art, photography and designed buildings just as easily as landscapes and furniture. His love for cars and planes can be seen in the construction of many of his pieces of furniture. In the Reale, the table he designed in 1946, the wooden construction is at the centre of the design. The table is available in cherry-wood, ash-wood and oak, either light or dark, with a glass table top and is still in production today. Nowadays by Zanotta.