Mangiarotti's rich body of work includes, beyond his architectural production, a series of design projects for companies such as Artemide, Cassina, Danese and Klein & More, which still produces his sinuous table clock. Here, we rediscover and demonstrate that, more than designing in scales large and small, Mangiarotti also designed stories.
This article was originally published in Domus 915 / June 2008
Images originally published in Domus 284 / July 1953
Position of Architecture: Documentary film 315 m., 11 min
Concept: Carlo Bassi and Angeli Mangiarotti
Production manager: Gian Carlo Tironi
Music: Riccardo Malipiero
Script: Alfonso Gatto
Photography: Remo Grisanti
Director: Angelo Mangiarotti
"The same goes for space: a space without measure is plastically non-existent. The dot, line, square and rectangle create a relationship between infinite and finite, black and white, void and solid… Architecture is at once an idea of space and the space of an idea: man's natural as well as historical reality."
So reads the preface, entitled "Space and architecture", to the documentary film of which in July 1953 Domus published a ten-page illustrated version, with photographic shots by Remo Grisanti. It stemmed from an idea conceived by the architects Carlo Bassi and Angelo Mangiarotti, "to make some of the fundamental reasons for modern Italian architecture comprehensible to the public, by illustrating a group of significant modern works".
The finale reveals the position of architecture: a message for which the destiny of this discipline, in search of a common truth for all men, is to seek the fundamental freedom of the spirit
The finale reveals the position of architecture: a message for which the destiny of this discipline, in search of a common truth for all men, is to seek the fundamental freedom of the spirit. Luigi Spinelli