Angelo Mangiarotti has always worked on systems, creating modular elements to be assembled freely and finding the most effective way to join together the parts that make up the objects. He has done this by developing gravity joints that are impressive for their disarming construction logic with which they have been conceived. The Cavalletto series, designed between 1953 and 1955 by Angelo Mangiarotti, is no exception. The design, which consists of easily modular all-wood furniture, explores the concept of modularity and translates it into a functional piece of furniture that can be extended with additional pieces in response to the needs of the user.
The construction principle is simple: the basic module is a trestle element with a distinctive upside-down V shape, that can be stacked up by means of a simple gravity joint, and whose special perimeter section uses an authentic “dove-tail” joint tp hold and lock into position shelves and closed containers.
Today Agapecasa retrieves other system components from the Mangiarotti Archives, all based on the principle of interlocking joinery that does not require screws and bolts. The daybed can be paired at cushion height with the side table element that serves as a nightstand and tabletop. The flap door and drawer module, complete with three drawers with solid wood handles, live either independently or integrated with the other elements. The small square table (80 x 80 cm) has inverted “V” elements on three sides and can be attached through these to any other element in the Cavalletto collection to compose potentially endless modular sequence.