Xerjoff Magazine

Good design challenges time

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Nowadays design often loses track of the functional needs of an object, in favor of (at times) a useless aesthetic overload, which aims at provoking astonishment.

Things were different back in the 60’s when design focused on practical use. In this regards, the collection “Componibili” created by Anna Castelli Ferrieri in 1967 for Kartell is an emblematic example. It was composed by modular furniture designed to be assembled and functional for the bedroom, living room, bathroom and office. They were the first furniture to be made in ABS, an innovative material for that time, and they represented a true novelty in terms of design and technological evolution. The success was great and immediate as demonstrated by the fact that they are now part of the permanent collections of MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York and Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris.
To celebrate the 50 years of this collection, Kartell has asked 15 international designers (i.e. Mario Bellini, Antonio Citterio, Ferruccio Laviani, Piero Lissoni, Alberto Meda, Fabio Novembre, Philippe Starck, Patricia Urquiola, Tokujin Yoshioka, the brands Emilio Pucci and Missoni as well as a special Disney edition) to reinterpret them. The result is “Tribute to Componibili. 50th Anniversary”, a series of unique pieces of art that are meant to be a tribute to the purity of the original collection and to the creative composure of Anna Castelli Ferrieri.

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