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Bookcase | Prototype

Yasuhiko Itoh, 1959

Designed by Japanese designer Yasuhiko Itoh, this curved walnut bookcase was a prototype that was never produced on an industrial scale. In 1959 it was presented with a small Molteni armchair and a Molteni trolley at Cantù’s third “Mostra Selettiva – Concorso Internazionale del Mobile”, where it came third. The jury was composed of Luigi Caccia Dominioni, Ake H. Huldt, Eduard Ludwig and Giovanni Romano.

Design Yasuhiko Itoh, 1959

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1959 Selettiva di Cantù, Third Prize


Yasuhiko Itoh

Itoh, born in 1933, studied at Waseda University, and he then spent several months in Molteni’s production department working with the Molteni experts.

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Yasuhiko Itoh

"The Japanese and Italian cultures are similar in their love towards wood and its artefacts in all shapes and forms"

Yasuhiko Itoh