Silvio Gambini (1897 - 1948)

Discover the reasons of the success.

By Italia Liberty

Modern irons. Ideas and sketches Modern irons. Ideas and sketches (1919) by Silvio GambiniItalia Liberty

Son of Luigi, he was born in Teramo from a family of modest origins on
August 18, 1877. He first studied in his hometown, where he graduated in
1897 as a land surveyor at the V. Comi technical institute.
After settling in Busto Arsizio, since 1899 Gambini began a
collaborate as a draftsman for the municipal technical office, where
contributed to the design of the aqueduct and the street slaughterhouse
Pepper. From 1900 he joined the Office for the plan
Bust regulator as applied technician and simultaneously, as
assistant of the architect C. Crespi Balbi, followed the construction of
construction of the G. Carducci school.

Modern irons. Ideas and sketches Modern irons. Ideas and sketches (1919) by Silvio GambiniItalia Liberty

Meanwhile in Busto he devoted himself to the construction of the arcades of the new cemetery and to the design of funeral kiosks for the Bossi, Milani and Decio families

Modern irons. Ideas and sketches Modern irons. Ideas and sketches (1919) by Silvio GambiniItalia Liberty

From 1901 Gambini attended the studio of the engineer G. Guazzoni with whom he collaborated until 1915.

Modern irons. Ideas and sketches Modern irons. Ideas and sketches (1919) by Silvio GambiniItalia Liberty

From 1903 he started a parallel independent activity, building the small villa, the weaving factory and the dyeing works of A. Castiglioni and the building complex of the Garavaglia company.

Modern irons. Ideas and sketches Modern irons. Ideas and sketches (1919) by Silvio GambiniItalia Liberty

Modern irons. Ideas and sketches Modern irons. Ideas and sketches (1919) by Silvio GambiniItalia Liberty

Modern irons. Ideas and sketches Modern irons. Ideas and sketches (1919) by Silvio GambiniItalia Liberty

The reasons for this success must be sought in two distinct but complementary directions:

Modern irons. Ideas and sketches Modern irons. Ideas and sketches (1919) by Silvio GambiniItalia Liberty

in the substantial novelty of his stylistic vein, the result of a mediation between Jugendstil and obvious references to some projects by E. Basile, L. Paterna Baldizzi and R. D'Aronco,

Modern irons. Ideas and sketches Modern irons. Ideas and sketches (1919) by Silvio GambiniItalia Liberty

and in the industriousness of the busting textile industries, which had led to the rise of a new and ambitious entrepreneurial class,

Modern irons. Ideas and sketches Modern irons. Ideas and sketches (1919) by Silvio GambiniItalia Liberty

capable of promoting a renewed aesthetic characterization in its representative buildings.

Modern irons. Ideas and sketches Modern irons. Ideas and sketches (1919) by Silvio GambiniItalia Liberty

In 1909 is the Villa Leone in Busto, a work that sums up his first season as a designer and opens a new and autonomous formal experimentalism..

Modern irons. Ideas and sketches Modern irons. Ideas and sketches (1919) by Silvio GambiniItalia Liberty

Modern irons. Ideas and sketches Modern irons. Ideas and sketches (1919) by Silvio GambiniItalia Liberty

Modern irons. Ideas and sketches Modern irons. Ideas and sketches (1919) by Silvio GambiniItalia Liberty

Even in the numerous houses built in the years 1909-12 in Busto, Gambini always maintained a high quality level.

Modern irons. Ideas and sketches Modern irons. Ideas and sketches (1919) by Silvio GambiniItalia Liberty

Modern irons. Ideas and sketches Modern irons. Ideas and sketches (1919) by Silvio GambiniItalia Liberty

Modern irons. Ideas and sketches Modern irons. Ideas and sketches (1919) by Silvio GambiniItalia Liberty

Modern irons. Ideas and sketches Modern irons. Ideas and sketches (1919) by Silvio GambiniItalia Liberty

Modern irons. Ideas and sketches Modern irons. Ideas and sketches (1919) by Silvio GambiniItalia Liberty

Modern irons. Ideas and sketches Modern irons. Ideas and sketches (1919) by Silvio GambiniItalia Liberty

Modern irons. Ideas and sketches Modern irons. Ideas and sketches (1919) by Silvio GambiniItalia Liberty

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The national association ITALIA LIBERTY thanks its partner Rosilla Gambini for access to the family archives, Federica Mentasti for the texts and Andrea Speziale for the publication of the illustrated tables of their private collection.

www.italialiberty.it

Photo of the two wrought irons © Andrea Speziale

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