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Kartell Componibili: 50 Year Anniversary
By Doug
5/15/2017 11:53:00 AM


Kartell is celebrating a 50th anniversary of one of its most popular and iconic designs – the Componibili modular storage containers designed by Anna Castelli Ferrieri. In honor of the occasion, Kartell has invited designers, curators, critics, and intellectuals from around the world to create a personal interpretation of this iconic design. Later this month in New York, Kartell will present fifteen signature pieces designed by Ron Arad, Mario Bellini, Antonio Citterio, Ferruccio Laviani, Piero Lissoni, Alberto Meda, Alessandro Mendini, Nendo, Fabio Novembre, Philippe Starck, Patricia Urquiola, Tokujin Yoshioka, along with fashion brands Emilio Pucci and Missioni – even a special Disney edition. Switch Modern has highlighted a few of these wonderful interpretive designs of the Kartell Componibili.


Left photo: Mario Bellini clearly channeled Andy Warhol’s Pop Art from the 1960s using Campbell’s soup cans as his inspiration. Right photo: Alessandro Mendini’s playful use of colorful overlapping circles – colors that evoke the designer’s iconic Proust decoration.


Left photo: Horizontal stripes by Missoni expressed as concentric bands on the Componibili form. Right photo: Tokujin Yoshioka’s reflective copper finish three-stack Componobili surrounded by butterflies.


Whimsical interpretations from Fabio Novembre (left) and Antonio Citterio (right) – each designer has chosen to re-think the fenestration of the curved doors by either repeating Componibili’s iconic single circular sliding door cut-out or reworking the shape of this opening altogether.

To learn more about the history of the Kartell Componibili, please click here.

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