1969 M / History
M is the first example in Mangiarotti’s work of the use of marble to construct furnishing objects designed for the home. This, apparently simple, table incorporates in a single element a number of themes previously explored by Angelo Mangiarotti in his previous projects. On one side, the design of the M table further declines the geometrical concepts behind the CAP59 vases: circles, hyperboloids and lathing. On the other, it can be also seen as a direct geometrical evolution of the SK207 but this time the resulting object is entirely made out of marble.
Lastly, with its single gravity joint linking the top to the base, the M table can also be seen as the ground zero of a research that will bring us four masterpieces such as Eros, Incas, Asolo and More further down the line.
Mangiarotti’s interest for this kind of rotational structure has close links with his architecture as illustrated by the “Casa Tre Cilindri” (“Three Cylinder House”) in Milan started in 1959 and completed in 1962. The three towers, connected by a central volume for the vertical connection, are a masterpiece of structural engineering with its central load bearing structure that allowed free layouts and elevations for each apartment. During his trips to Italy, Richard Neutra never failed to make a stop to admire this complex.