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Ico Parisi

Italian, 1916-1996

Domenico “Ico” Parisi was one half of a prolific postwar design duo he comprised with his wife, Luisa. Their furniture designs are known for running the stylistic gamut, with celebrated mid-century modern pieces ranging from elegantly skeletal — like dramatic ebonized dining chairs — to plush and shapely, like the iconic 1951 Egg chair, in a plethora of materials.

The son of an art teacher father, Ico Parisi was exposed to art at an early age. Born in 1916 in the Sicilian capital of Palermo, he and his family moved to Como in 1925. There, the young Parisi would begin to develop his interest in architecture and design. After earning a degree as a building inspector in 1936 and working as a civil engineer, Parisi took on an apprenticeship in the studio of Giuseppe Terragni, the modernist, fascist Italian architect, pioneer of the Rationalist movement and creator of the iconic Casa del Fascio.

While working for Terragni, Parisi crossed paths with such contemporary design talents as Lucio Fontana, Bruno Munari and Pietro Lingeri, though he briefly moved away from design and architecture to explore photography and film. His artistic work would soon be interrupted, however, by the outbreak of World War II, during which he served at the front before returning to Como in 1943. There, he resumed work as a designer and architect, founding two architecture groups: the Alta Quota and the Gruppo Como.

Through his creative circles, Parisi met Luisa Aiani, a former student of the prolific architect and furniture designer Gio Ponti, who was affiliated with the Alta Quota. They married in 1947 and founded the studio La Ruota — a cross between a design firm and an intellectual salon — in Como shortly thereafter. In 1950, Parisi finally completed his architectural schooling, studying under the nationalist architect Alberto Sartoris at the Athenaeum Architecture School in Lausanne, Switzerland. He and Aiani began several decades of sophisticated output, designing curved sofas upholstered in yellow velvet and armchairs with slender mahogany frames for enduring Italian manufacturers such as Cassina and others.

Much like Charles and Ray Eames in America, 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 By Ico Parisi For Mim Roma - Rosewood - Ca 1960
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Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
Coffee table by architect and Italian designer Ico Parisi. Big name in Italian furniture, Ico Parisi got down to multiple creations, some of which can be recognized by these atypical feet. This coffee table, produced by MIM in the 1960s, is in Rio rosewood and the small part in chromed metal. The drum is lined with a corrugated plastic tube...
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Located in Waalwijk, NL
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Three Italian Midcentury Nesting Tables by Ico Parisi, 1950s
By Ico Parisi
Located in Paris, FR
An exquisite set of three vintage nesting side or coffee tables, crafted by the renowned Italian furniture designer Ico Parisi in the 1950s. They are a testament to Parisi's visionar...
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Ico Parisi for Singer & Sons Walnut and Brass Rectangular Slat Coffee Table
By M. Singer & Sons, Ico Parisi
Located in Troy, MI
A rare coffee table designed by Luigi and Ico Parisi for M Singer & Sons Model 2185 circa 1960s Walnut surface with single side drawer and lower slat shelf Brass frame legs and fitt...
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Coffee Table Model 751 By Ico Parisi For Cassina, Italy 1962
By Ico Parisi
Located in Hellouw, NL
This beautiful timeless coffee table has an architectural character and can be used effortlessly in a variety of interior styles. It was designed in 1962 by the famous Italian archit...
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Set of Six Mahogany Chairs Mod.110 by Ico Parisi for Cassina - Italy - 1960s
By Ico Parisi
Located in Milano, IT
Beautiful set of six chairs in elegant mahogany and comfortable hazelnut-colored velvet born from the pencil of Ico Parisi and made since the 1960s, by the prestigious Cassina compan...
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Stildomus Ariete 1401 Jacaranda, Italy, 1960s
By Stildomus, Ico Parisi
Located in Milano, IT
Hexagonal floor ashtray; slats in jacaranda wood and container in sheet steel.
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Stildomus Ariete 1401 Jacaranda, Italy, 1960s
Stildomus Ariete 1401 Jacaranda, Italy, 1960s
H 17.72 in W 4.93 in D 4.93 in
Exquisite 1950s Fratelli Reguitti Clothes Valet Stand by Ico Parisi
By Fratelli Reguitti, Ico Parisi
Located in Brescia , Brescia
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Ico Parisi furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Ico Parisi furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 331 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 6 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Ico Parisi were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Gianfranco Frattini, Osvaldo Borsani, and Willy Rizzo. Prices for Ico Parisi furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $409 and can go as high as $78,112, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $5,052.

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