Roberto Gabetti and Aimaro Isola - Design New York Wednesday, May 25, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Unità Residenziale Ovest, Ivrea, Italy

  • Literature

    Casabella: rivista di urbanistica architettura e disegno industriale, Milan, no. 374, 1973, p. 11 for further reading; Fulvio Ferarri, Gabetti e Isola Mobili: 1950-1970, 1986, p. 83, fig. 87 for and image of the rug; and pp. 68-69, figs. 71-72 for images of furniture; Domus, no. 713, February 1990, p. 104 for further reading; Gabetti e Isola: oper di architettura, 1996, p. 141-142; Gabetti e Isola: progetti e architetture: 1950-1985, Milan, 2001, p. 47 for corresponding architectural plans; Paolo Scrivano and Patrizia Bonifazio, Olivetti Builds: Modern Architecture in Ivrea, Milan, 2001, p. 168 for a picture of the furniture in situ

  • Catalogue Essay

    The West Residential Unit was a 1968 commission of eighty-five apartments designed for young employees recently hired at Olivetti. Architects Gabetti and Isola nestled the entire backside of the semi-circular building into the side of a steep slope, leaving only the west elevation and flat roof visible from outside. Each apartment’s front door was situated underground leading residents and locals to refer to the building as “Talponia” or “Mole City.”


Rare complete “Series Box,” from the Unità Residenziale Ovest, Ivrea

Plastic-laminated wood, plastic, chrome-plated tubular metal, felt, rubber, leather.
Unit: variable; Floor lamp: 80 in. (203.2 cm.) high
Manufactured by Olivetti, Italy. Base of lamp molded with “MADE IN FRANCE TUBANO 33.5.” Comprising kitchen sink, stove, storage units, tables, stools, benches, floor lamp, and range (23).

$15,000 - 20,000 


25 May 2011
New York