The Italian Cultural Institute in Stockholm was designed by the Italian architect Gio Ponti in the 1950s.

The project was realized thanks to the financial support of the Italian engineer Carlo Maurilio Lerici, who had a lifelong relationship with Sweden as the Italian representative for some Swedish steel companies.

Beside the scientific disciplines, he was also deeply interested in humanities. In the late 1950s, he decided to give life to the Foundation that bears his name and still provides scholarships for Italian and Swedish students and researchers, but also grants to Italian and Swedish publishing houses.

On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of cultural relationships between Italy and Sweden, the Italian Cultural Institute in Stockholm decided to publish “Enchanting Architecture”, a book that aims to revisit these eighty years and pass them on to posterity.

The C.M. Lerici Foundation and its founder Carlo Maurilio Lerici are part of that history as well. For this reason, the researcher Frederick Whitling dedicated an entire chapter to them in “Enchanting Architecture”.

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