The intuitive and sculptural design of Angelo Mangiarotti is embodied in two objects of timeless charm. A remake of the crystal version designed in 1988, the Pura bowl is sculpted from white Carrara marble and was created exclusively for Poltrona Frau.
The minute variations in thickness highlight the veins of the marble. The light penetrates the thinner and thicker areas to different degrees, emphasising the transparency and opaqueness of the material. The asymmetrical shape of the Pura bowl is a result of the balance of solids and voids and leads it to rest naturally on just one side. The marble is processed using numerically controlled machinery and then smoothed by hand to give it a semi-polished finish that preserves its natural appearance. On the underside of the Pura bowl a circular brass plate with Ruthenium finish is engraved with the signature of the designer and the Poltrona Frau logo.
Italian architect, sculptor, and designer Angelo Mangiarotti was born in Milan in 1921. Mangiarotti is quoted to have said, ”Happiness comes from honesty”. A quote that hints to his over all design approach that was rooted in the firm belief that architecture was a practical discipline – and that industrial design was an expression of fine craftsmanship. He wanted each individual material to be respected and to be used in an appropriate and honest way. Beyond his many architectural feats, Mangiarotti’s work includes a wide array of creative projects ranging from sculptures, to products and lamps. Over the course of his career, he held lecturing positions at a number of distinguished design and architecture schools in Italy and abroad, he won numerous awards in both design and architecture, and his work has been featured in many exhibitions worldwide, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Triennale Design Museum in Milan, and Gallery MA in Tokyo.