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Ico Parisi

1916 – 1996

Domenico (Ico) Parisi was an Italian designer, architect, painter, photographer and engineer. He was one of the key personalities of postwar design, a co-founder of La Ruota design studio, member of Alta Quota and Gruppo Como architectural groups and author of more than 150 architectural and interior projects, mainly in Milan and Como. Parisi was born in Palermo but spent most of his life in Como in the north of Italy. He gained an internship in the architectural studio of Giuseppe Terragni, the important Italian rationalist, but in his own creative approach Parisi managed to keep the balance between rationalism and soft modernism. In mid-40s Parisi married architect Luisa Aiani, an apprentice of Gio Ponti. In 1948 they opened their own studio which worked at various projects: besides architecture in was engaged in furniture design, interior decoration, jewelry design, glass and ceramics art. In 1955 Parisi was nominated for the Compasso d’Oro with Model 691 and Model 839 chairs for Сassina. In 1976 he took part in the Venice Biennale presenting an installation with performative elements. In the 1970s Parisi worked at a series of futuristic architectural projects called Realizable Utopia. He collaborated with several factories around the world: Singer & Son in New York, Fratelli Reguitti, Cassina, De Baggis, Altamira, M.I.M., Longhi, Stildomus in Italy.