6 February 2014
Anna Castelli Ferrieri was one of the great experimenters with plastic in the golden age of design, the sixties. The designer worked with Kartell to bring about a genuine revolution in people’s perception of this magical substance, up until then considered a mere imitation of more highly valued natural materials. The challenge was twofold: to give dignity to plastic and, at the same time, to certain types of furniture that had been regarded as humble accessories. Out of this came, in 1968, the Componibili: small cylindrical units, on wheels, that emerged from the closet (to which they had been habitually relegated) to become furnishings to all intents and purposes. The typology is variable and depends on the user’s needs: storage for the bathroom, bedside table, small table top in the living room. Their appearance allows them to fit in anywhere in the home.