Ico Parisi

Domenica ‘Ico’ Parisi (1916 -1996), an Italian designer, came into his success in the 1930s. He was born in Palermo and worked in various industries as he grew up, from Italian Neorealist cinema to Rationalist architecture and construction. Parisi’s design work influenced the general aesthetic of Italian furniture in the 1950s along with other influencial designers like his wife, Luisa Aiani and Gio Ponti. The furniture designs by Parisi are recognizable by the use of refined woodwork and sleek metals that synthesize art and architecture into functional forms. Parisi’s success lead to numerous collabourations with companies such as Cassina, Longhi and Capellini and his work is housed in collections across the world and is heralded as some of the most iconic furniture of the Italian Modernist movement.

In 1945, Ico Parisi organized some of the first contemporary furniture exhibitions and then married his future collaborator Luisa Aiana in 1947. Together they were members of the Alta Quota architectural group and worked together on over 150 design pieces, collaborating with various artists and architects. The pages of Domus magazines showcased the design work produced by the Parisi duo and together they were able to develop organic designs that catered to international standards and numerous environments. Both as part of a duo and as an individual designer, Ico Parisi’s style is recognizably sophisticated and eternally modern. The Parisi duo was featured in the 34th Salon des Artistes Decorateurs in Paris and wer nominated for the Compasso d’Oro in 1955, winning a Gold Medal at the exhibition Colori e forme nelle casa d’oggi, Como, 1957.