Anna Castelli Ferrieri 1918-2006 (Italy) Pioneering architect, Anna Castelli Ferrieri was part of a generation of postwar Italian designers who embraced new innovations, technologies and materials. Castelli Ferrieri loved to experiment with different types of plastics, which she skilfully moulded into innovative designer objects. She is particularly famed for her modular storage units. 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. Together they worked to exploit new materials and transform world design. Castelli Ferrieri treated design as a mini architectural exercise, and the intuitive elegance of her designs became the signature of Italian modern style. She won numerous design awards, including the prestigious Compasso d’Oro. Her Componibili Round storage units are probably her most famous design and are displayed at the MoMA in New York. These stackable and interchangeable units can be adapted to suit the needs to of the user. They are a perfect example of architectural design. “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.”
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