Bestselling pieces produced by the Italian design company, Kartell, the Componibili, a name that means modular, or stackable, bring to mind the notion of interobjectivity. Composed of individual, cylindrical storage units, they can be arranged in a variety of different ways. For example, they might be used as a bedside table, a low cabinet, or stacked to form a column. In addition, the units come in an assortment of colours, so that users can arrange them as they choose, either combining different shades or keeping to one colour scheme. One of the great selling points of this item is its ability to “adapt itself to individual wishes and needs” in this way, in any part of the home. This versatility is a key to its commercial success.

ANNA CASTELLI-FERRIERI [1918-2006] was an Italian architect and designer. In 1943, she became the first woman to graduate in architecture from the Polytechnic University of Milan. She was part of a group of designers who were keen to transform the world of design through the use of technology and new materials, particularly plastics. With this aim in mind, she founded the design company Kartell in 1949, together with her husband Giulio Castelli, a chemist. As the firm’s Artistic Director [1976-1987], she produced an extensive range of easily affordable everyday objects. Indeed, a Kartell piece may be found in almost every Italian home.

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