Mario Asnago, Architect & Designer
Mario Asnago (b. 1896), Italy.
Mario Asnago Biography:Stardust honors Mario Asnago, an often overlooked brilliant architect and designer. Mario Asnago was one of the triumvirate of early Italian minimalist architects which were to have a considerable impact upon the architecture of the 20th century, although his work is almost completely forgotten. Mario Asnago was a multidisciplinary Italian architect and designer who belonged to the rationalist and neo-rationalist period. His work was all about simplicity. Mario Asnago (Barlassina, 1896 – Milan, 1980) was an early Italian modernist architect who, together with his partner Claudio Vender, became famous for his minimalism in building and furniture design. Believing that less was more, Mario Asnago designed rational, minimalist skyscrapers that set the standard for Italian modernist design in a similar way of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Along with other designers and architects of the period such as Giuseppe Terragni, Claudio Vender and Gio Ponti, Claudio Vender employed simple, geometric forms into his work; whilst exploiting materials that give a feeling of lightness and transparency. Some of his most significant examples of modern architecture are the "Ormano e Cusano Milanino" at Via Manzoni in Milan and the "Palazzo per Uffici e Ebitazioni" at Piazza Velasca in Milan, 1952. His brilliant minimalistic furniture is still available through Stardust.
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