Angelo Mangiarotti was born in Milan, Italy in 1929 and died in 2012. He was a renown and celebrated architect, designer and urban planner, one of the most influential Italian designers of the 20th Century. He graduated from the Architecture School of Politecnico di Milano in 1948. He moved to the United States in 1953 and started working in Chicago as a visiting professor for the Illinois Institute of Technology. During his time at Illinois Institute of Technology, Mangiarotti met Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Konrad Wachsmann, all of whom were instrumental in his personal and professional growth. Throughout his career he worked for many different design firms, and created buildings, objects, sculptures, light fixtures and more. He experimented with shapes and forms: his favorites included the mushroom, the leaning form and the hourglass, as well as materials- preferring stone. In 1971 he created the Eros table with gravity joint. Apparently this table was quite the feat of engineering. He was always inspired by the intrinsic characteristics of the materials he was using. In the case of stone the weight was its main feature and this series of tables exploited this feature and were held together by gravity.The shape of the table with its conical legs allows the table to fit together with perfectly sanded joints that are held together simply by the weight of the table and the shape of the legs. I’ve been seeing these popping up on 1stdibs and I adore them. I love the “design as sculpture” sensibility of his work, and I appreciate the “designer as engineer” element as well. The ugly/pretty appeal of this shape is so strong for me. The table below with the white top and black legs is available on 1stdibs and I think it’s so spectacular… only its way too small for my apartment. I’m on the hunt for a larger one. Below are photos of Eres, as well as photos of his studio.
Using the same principles, he created the The “Eccentrico” table, which you can see in the last two photos.
You can see more of Angelo Mangiarotti’s work at StudioMangiarotti.com