Anna Castelli Ferrieri's Plastic Innovations

While many men have made their contributions to the modern design furniture movement, women like Bernice “Ray” Eames and Italian architect/industrial designer Anna Castelli Ferrieri have also made their mark in the industry.  In the case of the latter, her work with contemporary furniture company Kartell and her innovative use of plastic as a design material ensured her place in history.

Born on August 6, 1918 in Milan, Anna Ferrieri would build the foundations of her career by studying architecture at the Milan Polytechnic Institute, Italy's largest technical university.  After graduating in 1943, she began to work closely alongside fellow Italian designer and modern design innovator Franco Albini.  It was in the 1960s that Kartell handpicked her to design their company headquarters.  Interestingly, Kartell was founded by Ferrieri's future husband Giulio Castelli, professionally adopting the name Anna Castelli Ferrieri.  The couple would become one of the most widely acclaimed names in Italian modern design for three straight decades.

Plastic was a relatively unused material until Ferrieri managed to incorporate it into her functional and elegant pieces.  Introduced in 1969, the Componibili storage pieces are among her most famous work, still a bestselling product in production to this day.  It is also featured in New York's Museum of Modern Art.

CA Modern Home offers an extensive selection of modern home furniture by respected brands and designers like Anna Castelli Ferrieri and we have different versions of the Componibili available for sale purchase.  Call us at 1-800-605-1859 for any sales inquiries or more information.

Jesse Brody
Jesse Brody


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