Anna Castelli Ferrieri

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Anna Castelli Ferrieri
BornAugust 6, 1918
Milan, Italy
DiedJune 22, 2006
EducationMilan Polytechnic Institute
OccupationArchitect, industrial designer
Spouse(s)Giulio Castelli

Anna Castelli Ferrieri (August 6, 1918 - June 22, 2006) was an Italian architect and industrial designer. She is most known for her influence in the use of plastics as a mainstream design material and her cofounding of Kartell, an Italian contemporary furniture company.

Early life[edit]

Ferrieri was born on August 6, 1918 in Milan, Italy.[1] He studied at Milan Polytechnic Institute and graduated with a degree in architecture in 1943.[1]


Ferrieri sought out and worked closely with Franco Albini, admiring his neo-rationalist ideals.[2]

Ferrieri worked as art director for Kartell from 1976 to 1987, and is most known for her use of materials such as metal and polyurethane. Through her use of plastics, a fairly unused furniture material at the time, she was able to create novel forms that were both elegant and functional.[3]

One of her best known works is the Componibili. Componibilis are stacking module storage pieces. These units have been described as, "Flexible, functional and practical."[4] and as "instantly endearing and slightly futuristic elegance that suits any situation with ease."[5] Today, even after 40 years of production the Componibili is still one of Kartell's best selling furniture items.[6]

Personal life and death[edit]

Ferrieri married Giulio Castelli and the couple led the way in Italian modern design with Kartell throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s.[3] She died on June 22, 2006, aged 87.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Iovine, Julie. "Anna Castelli Ferrieri, 87, Force in Postwar Modern Italian Design, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Anna Castelli Ferrieri". smow Blog. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Anna Castelli Ferrieri". Design Within Reach. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Anna Castelli Ferrieri". Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  5. ^ "The Componibili Collection From Kartell". Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Design Classics: The Componibili". Apartment Therapy. Retrieved 20 April 2014.