The Italian Designer We’re Feverishly Scouring Vintage Sites For

A new exhibition in Milan prompted our deep dive.
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Mangiarotti exhibition at Triennale Milano
Photography by Melania Dalle Grave, DSL Studio

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Milan has always beckoned artists, architects, and designers. Generations of students and professionals have flocked to the city to study or establish studios, and continue to do so today. But some creatives have had the good fortune to be born there, in the heart of what many consider to be the design capital of the world. Angelo Mangiarotti was one such person. Haven’t heard of him? We didn’t know him by name either—but now that we’re much more familiar, we keep seeing his creations in Domino home tours (peep his Lesbo table lamp in the bedroom of this Brooklyn brownstone). 

Best known as an architect, Mangiarotti was praised throughout his 60-year career for residential projects and homes; industrial buildings; and even railway stations across Italy and beyond. I recently had the chance to visit a new exhibition at the Triennale Milano, the art and design museum of Milan, that sheds light on other sides of the architect’s practice. “Angelo Mangiarotti: When Structures Take Shape” follows the museum’s tradition of putting the spotlight on great Italian designers, including Enzo Mari, Ettore Sottsass, Achille Castiglioni, and Pietro Lingeri. 

Mangiarotti’s Lesbo table lamp on a bedside table. Photography by Tim Lenz; Styling by Mariana Marcki-Matos

Drawn to just a few shapes—mushrooms, cones, and joints—that he explored over the course of his career, Mangiarotti not only created iconic architecture, but also showstopping tabletop and decor. Collaborations with heavy hitters like Knoll, Cassina, Ginori, Karakter, Artemide, Vistosi, Colle, and Fratelli Brambilla gave way to products that feel as relevant and fresh today as they must have felt boundary-pushing when initially conceived. That vintage ’70s marble coffee or pedestal table you see in all kinds of tastemakers’ homes? Look closer and it’s likely a Mangiarotti brainchild.

Various Secticon clocks.
Lamp designs for Artemide.
Glassware for Colle.

As I strolled around the exhibition with a small group of journalists, I couldn’t help but be drawn to the displays populated by Mangiarotti’s domestic objects: table lamps, teapots, glassware, and more. In their construction, they all seemed to bear the characteristics we have been so drawn to in recent years: organic shapes, diffused light, and/or a winking whimsy. Needless to say, after returning Stateside, I spent hours on a deep dive into vintage Mangiarotti and was excited to find some pieces still in production today. Here are all the best buys I uncovered, both new and vintage. 

Angelo Mangiarotti Designs Still in Production

Aida Table Lamp by Angelo Mangiarotti for Karakter, Finnish Design Shop

$830 $705.50

La Distilleria No. 11 Spirits Glasses, Set of 6, by Angelo Mangiarotti for Colle, Artemest


Minigiogali RE2 Linear Suspension by Angelo Mangiarotti for Vistosi, Lumens


Lari Table Lamp by Angelo Mangiarotti for Karakter, Finnish Design Shop

$956 $812.60

And if you plan to be in Milan this spring, for Design Week or other reasons, the exhibition is worth a visit—it’s on view through April 23.

Other (Vintage!) Angelo Mangiarotti Gems

Gondola Candleholder by Angelo Mangiarotti for Colle, 1stDibs

$300 $210

Mesco Cheese/Jam Server by Angelo Mangiarotti for Colle, Etsy

$125 $93.75

Olpe Oil and Vinegar Cruet Set by Angelo Mangiarotti for Colle, Etsy

$245 $183.75

Bibulo Handled Pitcher by Angelo Mangiarotti for Colle, Etsy

$245 $183.75

Ashtray by Angelo Mangiarotti for Fratelli Brambilla, Etsy


Barbados Ashtray by Angelo Mangiarotti for Danese, Etsy


Saffo Table Lamp by Angelo Mangiarotti for Artemide, Etsy


Sfera Table Lamp by Angelo Mangiarotti for Skipper, 1stDibs



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Samantha Weiss-Hills

Managing Editor, Home & Shopping

Samantha Weiss-Hills is the managing editor of home and shopping for Domino. She edits and writes home tours, shopping guides, and features, and she’s the friend who everyone texts for glassware, sofa, and sheet recommendations. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Alex, and their beagle-corgi, Elsa.