Anna Castelli


1918-2006 (Italy)

Pioneering architect, Anna Castelli Ferrieri was part of a generation of post-war Italian designers who embraced new innovations, technologies and materials.

Castelli Ferrieri loved to experiment and is most known for her use of alternative material such as metal and polyurethane, which she skilfully moulded into innovative designer objects.

Castelli Ferrieri trained at the prestigious Milan Polytechnic, and in 1943 became one of the first women to graduate with a degree in architecture.  The same year, she married her husband, Giulio Castelli, a chemical engineer. She won numerous design awards, including the prestigious Compasso d'Oro.  One of her best known works is the Componibili Round storage units, which are stacking module storage pieces. Today, even after 40 years of production the Componibili is still one of Kartell’s bestselling furniture items and are displayed at the MoMA in New York.

“It is not true that what is useful is beautiful. It is what is beautiful that is useful. Beauty can improve people's way of life and thinking.”