Italian large modernist drinks trolley attributed to Ico Parisi. This exceptionally shaped piece in richly colored sculpted wood has a polished finish. Set off by carefully selected brass fittings the quality of construction and finish is a typical hallmark of Parisi’s work. Made in Italy in the 1950s when Parisi was enjoying particular notoriety for bold and futuristic pieces such as this which would have been individually commissioned for private clients.
Ico Parisi married his wife Luisa, a former student of Gio Ponti, in 1947. Together they established the design studio La Ruota in 1948. Parisi defined himself as a Renaissance artist who was interested in all forms of art, trained as he was in architecture and design. Independently or together with his wife Luisa he pursued a huge variety of projects during his long professional career. Their studio in La Ruota was a kernel of innovation and a meeting place and collaborative space for artists, designers and architects of the day such as Lucio Fontana, Gio Ponti, Bruno Munari and Faust Melotti amongst many others.
Parisi devoted himself to the study furniture design and the technical elements of furnishing, and by 1950 he had become one of the most influential furniture designers in Italy with a unique modern aesthetic that used soft woods and sculptured elements often utilized in wide undulating curves.