The World of Componibili
Created by Anna Castelli Ferrieri (1920–2006), an architect, town planner and designer—and Kartell’;s Art Director from 1976 to 1987—the Componibili were an industrial design marvel. Known originally as ‘mobili 4970/84’;, the Componibili were the first modular furniture pieces designed for assembly and production in ABS (plastic). Kartell’;s constant design staple, plastic was an innovative material at the time and a material of the future. While some design aficionados might choose to snub plastic as an inferior medium, it is truly the stuff of many great designs.
The Componibili have a myriad of practical applications, and are found all over: in homes, offices, workshops, sheds and more. Their flexibility, smart aesthetic and accessibility mean the Componibili have excited legions of fans throughout the years. Attractive and affordable, the Componibili modular units often act as a gateway to a world of good design. Found in the permanent exhibitions at MOMA in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, every well-designed home deserves at least one Componibili.
In acknowledging the design significance of the Componibili by Anna Castelli Ferrieri, Kartell President Claudio Luti observes: ‘Not only does it recount the origin and roots of Kartell, but it also reminds us that this product was such a novelty in the history of design that it became an icon of industrial production.’;
Tribute to Componibili. 50th Anniversary
Kartell invited fifteen designers to present their personal vision of and tribute to the Componibili: the result was a series of curious and novel signature pieces, each one celebrating the Componibili and its definitive form. Those designers paying homage to Anna Castelli Ferrieri’;s Componibili included: Piero Lissoni, Mario Bellini, Patricia Urquiola, Oki Sato and Philippe Starck.
All images courtesy of Kartell.
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