'Eros' Marble Side Table by Angelo Mangiarotti (circa 1970s)
Authentic, vintage 'Eros' marble side table by Angelo Mangiarotti made in the 1970s. "Happiness comes from rightness" said designer, architect and professor, Angelo Mangiarotti. Precision is an essential element of his series of Eros tables developed for Skipper in 1971. They consist only of a marble slab and in this case, a conical leg which 'fits' into the table opening. The weight of the slab stabilises the structure. The conical leg merges with the table top. Thanks to the pure Carrara marble and the total renunciation of other connecting elements, the table has a lovely sculptural presence. Although there are some reproductions of these tables, the ones in this listing were acquired from a trusted source in Italy, and sport a telltale curvature in the table opening whereas reproductions are more angular in the same place. They are in good overall condition with some age-related marks and stains (mostly on the underside) attesting to their age and authentic status as vintage icons. Please enjoy the many photos accompanying this listing. Upon request a video will be provided.
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About the Artist: Angelo Mangiarotti (1921-2012) was born in Milan. He was very active in urban planning, architecture and industrial design. In addition, Mangiarotti received numerous awards in Italy and he worked with the greatest including Cassina, Poltronova Snaidero, etc. At the same time, he established Mangiarotti & Associates, in Tokyo, 1989. In 1948 Angelo Mangiarotti graduated from the School of Architecture and the Polytechnic of Milan. He left for the United States in 1953 and worked in Chicago as a professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology where he met Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Konrad Wachsmann, who had a great infuence in his work.
As a designer, Mangiarotti and the development of his career embodies the evolution of modernism in the latter decades of the 20th century. In the late 1950s and early ’60s, after early experiments in plywood furniture and one-piece foam-core seating — including the 1110 lounge chair for Cassina — Mangiarotti began to design using more classic materials, from delicate, curvaceous blown-glass table lamps for Artemide to chandeliers with crystal links for Vistosi. In 1971, Mangiarotti introduced what became his signature designs: a series of in marble and other stones that featured “gravity joints,” their legs held in place by the weight of the tabletop. Tables in his Eros collection (1971) have muscular proportions that anticipate the robust, over-scaled lines of postmodern works that would appear 10 years later: His Eccentrico table, for example, is a striking assemblage in marble featuring a top that is cantilevered dramatically on a canted columnar base. But simplicity and practicality were consistently the primary watchwords of Mangiarotti’s designs. The purity and elegance of the objects he created offer a graceful counterpoint to a traditional decor, yet they have a singular sculptural presence that allows them to stand out powerfully in a modern interior.
H 40 cm / 15.7"
W 55 cm / 21.7"
D 46 cm / 18.1"