Carlo Mollino

Carlo Mollino

Architect and Storyteller

Interior designer, photographer—and architect: Carlo Mollino was a legendary figure in 20th-century art and design. This is the authoritative book on his work in architecture.




Napoleone Ferrari, Michelangelo Sabatino. With contributions by Guy Nordenson and Sergio Pace, and with new photographs by Pino Musi

1st edition

, 2021

Text in English


456 pages, 502 color and 45 b/w illustrations

24 x 32 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-133-3


Italian architect and designer Carlo Mollino (1905–73) is known to many for his furniture designs. Although none of Mollino’s designs were mass-produced, they command high prices among collectors of twentieth-century furniture and are part of the collections of major design museums. Others recall Mollino for his large secret stash of erotic Polaroids, taken throughout the 1960s and recovered among his personal effects after his death. The risqué photos have been the subject of several exhibitions and have inspired fashion designers, including Jeremy Scott, who drew on them when creating a recent collection for Moschino. Much less attention has been devoted to Mollino’s contribution to architecture.

With Carlo Mollino: Architect and Storyteller, Napoleone Ferrari and Michelangelo Sabatino offer the first carefully researched and comprehensive study of Mollino’s architectural work. Drawing on rich archival materials, as well as Mollino’s own writings, they argue persuasively that, while Mollino realized relatively few projects, his contributions to architecture—and, in particular, the modernist movement—are both significant and distinctive due to Mollino’s strong affinity with surrealism. The book features both built and unrealized projects, including masterpieces like the Teatro Regio and the Torino Chamber of Commerce and early, lesser-known works like the Torino Horse Riding Club and the Lago Negro chairlift station in the Italian Alps. Lavish illustrations and essays by Ferrari and Sabatino round out this overdue tribute to an extraordinary personality of twentieth-century architecture.


Napoleone Ferrari is the president of the Museo Casa Mollino that he cofounded in 1999 with Fulvio Ferrari. He is the author of several books and catalogues addressing Mollino’s architecture, design, and photography.


Michelangelo Sabatino is a Chicago-based educator, curator, and architectural historian. Sabatino is Professor and Director of the PhD Program at the IIT College of Architecture where he serves as Inaugural John Vinci Distinguished Research Fellow.

Autoren & Herausgeber

«Gerade der Bildteil mit über 500 Fotografien, Illustrationen und Konstruktionszeichnungen ist eine Fundgrube. Wie in diesem Buch mit dem historischen Material umgegangen wird, ist eine Augenweide. Man sieht Landschaften im Dialog mit Interieurs, Close-ups kollidieren auf Doppelseiten mit Panoramen, schwarzweisse treffen auf farbige Bilder mit herrlich ausgewaschenen Tönen. Vielleicht war den Machern bei diesem Visual Storytelling Mollinos berühmtes Wort leitende Maxime: ‹Alles ist erlaubt, solange es fantastisch ist.›». Gerrit Terstiege, monopol


«Was für ein Architekt, was für ein Buch! Die Zusammenarbeit der Herausgeber Napoleone Ferrari und Michelangelo Sabatino mit den Grafikern von Elektrosmog hat ein dichtes atmosphärisches, wissenschaftlich sorgfältig und schönes Kompendium hervorgebracht, das wie ein Füllhorn Freude, Anschauung und geistige Nahrung ausschüttet.» Tibor Joanelly, werken, bauen + wohnen


«Carlo Mollino: Architect and Storyteller, handsomely designed by Zurich-based graphic design studio Elektrosmog, is both well-structured and large in size. It provides a much-needed overview of Mollino’s life and works. I loved this book. I recommend it to anyone interested in Mollino or, more generally, anyone who wants to learn more about how a successful multihyphenate navigated the world.» Josh Itiola,


Lecture by Michelangelo Sabatino and Napoleone Ferrari: Carlo Mollino Architect & Designer at Yale School of Architecture available on YouTube!


Take a look at the discussion at the AIA Center for Architecture, New York, this September with Fulvio Ferrari, Founder, Museo Casa Mollino, Turin, Napoleone Ferrari, Director, Museo Casa Mollino, Turin Michelangelo Sabatino, Professor and PhD Program Director, and John Vinci Distinguished Research Fellow, IIT College of Architecture. Respondent and Q&A Moderator is Alicia Imperiale, PhD, Adjunct Associate Professor, Pratt Institute, School of Architecture. Full lecture available on vimeo!