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Anna Castelli-Ferrieri


Anna Castelli-Ferrieri (* 6. August 1920 in Milan/ Italy; † 22. June 2006 in Milan) studied architecture at the Milan Polytechnic, and as such one of the first women to do so. After graduating she married the chemist Giulio Castelli with whom she in 1949 founded Kartell, which was to become one of the most important European furniture manufactures. Additionally, she was also co-founder of the Italian Society for Industrial design. Until the late 1960s Anna Castelli-Ferrieri was principally active as an architect, designing amongst other buildings the Kartell headquarters. In 1969 Castelli-Ferrieri created her most famous furniture collection Componibili, a modular storage system. After serving for several years as art director with Kartell she took-up a teaching position at the self-same Milan Polytechnic where her career had begun.


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(smow) blog Design Calendar: August 6th 1920 – Happy Birthday Anna Castelli Ferrieri!

...Purely commercial stuff, but every year a new material came on the market", recalled Italian architect and designer Anna Castelli Ferrieri in a 1997 interview, "We wanted to try out what all can be made with these new materials"1 And try she did... In the early 1960s, in context of a hotel renovation project undertaken with Ignazio Gardella, Anna Castelli Ferrieri found herself, more or less, forced to design a table - unable as she was to find anything on the market which matched her specifications...

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...August 6th marks the 90th anniversary of the birth of the Italian architect, designer and Kartell co-founder Anna Castelli Ferrieri... Despite initial flirtations with modernism, including a trip to Paris to visit Le Corbusier, the young Anna Castelli Ferrieri was drawn ever more to the Italian neo-rationalism - especially that practiced by Franco Albini...


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