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Ico Parisi Bookcase by Angelo De Baggis Cantu, Italy, 1955



Super rare and beautiful bookcase model 459 designed by Ico Parisi and manufactured by Angelo De Baggis Cantu, Italy, 1955. The bookcase is formed of 2 solid wood carved supports with long, sleek legs at the bottom. The supports are joined together via four connecting joints, which secure the horizontal design features. The lower panel, which is the baggers, is set on an angle and protrudes from the rest of the piece. The panel has a front lip to keep magazines or books in place and a high back which in turn holds the second, glass panel in place. The upper panel is of equal depth to the support and is finished with a rear seat. This bookcase is beautifully sculpted and made of mahogany veneer, with a glass shelve and brass details. In excellent fully refinished condition. Fully refinished in our own atelier with high quality UV protection lacquer with preservation of authenticity. Also completely structural checked and ready to use.


  • Creator
    Ico Parisi (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 50.01 in. (127 cm)Width: 38.98 in. (99 cm)Depth: 12.21 in. (31 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Roosendaal, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU933022843612

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About the Designer

Ico Parisi

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.Ico Parisi was exposed to art at an early age. Born in 1916 in the Sicilian capital of Palermo to a painter and art teacher father, Parisi 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.Find a collection of vintage Ico Parisi coffee tables, dining chairs and more on 1stDibs.
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