Published: March22023

A short walk at the Pompidou Centre - Paris

An important recognition for Rossi di Albizzate. Mobile Totale becomes part of the Permanent Collection.

In 2021, thanks to a donation by Mr. M. Ralf Eibl, an expert in modern art objects, "Mobile Totale" (Total Furniture) designed in 1967 by architects Giampiero Vitelli and Titina Ammannati, became part of the Permanent Collection of the Pompidou Centre in Paris in the Design section.

This is the result of in-house research at Rossi di Albizzate initiated by architects Ammannati and Vitelli on the cutting and bending of plywood, which first saw the birth of the Baby Betta in 1959, followed by the Triennale in 1960. The architects, active players in the prolific cultural context of the 1960s, initiated research and experimentation, always endorsed by the founder Giuseppe Rossi, relating not only to production technology (such as the cold moulding of polyurethane), but also to product use scenarios for a society in continual evolution.

his is where Mobile Totale comes in, a new entity in the furniture panorama. An element centralising all living functions, realised by interlocking pre-cut orthogonal panels.

In 1972, as part of the exhibition"Italy: the new domestic landscape", a watershed in the history of Italian design around the world, an entire section was dedicated to housing modules signed by prestigious names.

As a consequence of this event, in 1973, the Milan Triennale organised its 15th edition with the subject "The Habitable Space". Mobile Totale Mobile Totale of Rossi di Albizzate would be displayed in the exhibition to symbolise the synthesis of the exhibition theme.

After 52 years, Totale crosses the threshold of a museum again. This time beyond the Alps. A clear recognition of the innovation that the Rossi di Albizzate product represented for the era that generated it.

Note: Mobile Totale is part of the Rossi Company Museum in Albizzate