The Componbili is a classic modular storage unit that was designed by Anna Castelli Ferrieri in 1969 and featured in the 1972 MoMA exhibition Italy: The New Domestic Landscape. A pioneer for women’s rights, Ferrieri was one of the first women to graduate from Milan Polytechnic Institute in 1943. In 1973, she became the president of the Soroptimists, an international feminist organization.
The Componibil 3 Tier can be used anywhere throughout the home or office as a side table and for storage. It's useful for holding items such as housewares, cosmetics, towels, toys, books, tools, electronics and more. The tongue-and-groove design allows the doors to seamlessly slide open. It has a round shape with a recessed top and three shelves with sliding doors that have holes for easy opening. Comes fully assembled. The Componibili 3 Tier is made in Italy by Kartell, which was cofounded by Ferrieri in 1949 and has work in MoMA’s collection.
Why We Chose This
More than half a century after its debut, Italian architect Anna Castelli Ferrieri’s Componibili, designed in 1967, remains timeless. The manufacturer, Kartell, pioneered the use of polypropylene plastic in creating this modular storage system. Kartell has work in MoMA's collection.
A trailblazer for women, particulalry in the fields of architecture and design, Anna Castelli Ferrieri (1918–2006) created innovative designs for Kartell, the furniture company she co-founded with her husband Giulio Castelli. There she conceived elegant and functional designs out of plastic—a material that was rarely used for furniture during that time, in the 1960s. In 1982, she designed the first table made entirely of injection-molded plastic. Ferrieri also created more than 50 architectural projects, including the Kartell headquarters (using bright red bricks) and several offices and factories in Alfa Romeo.