Will be Missed
I continue on my own way, conscious of the responsibility I take upon myself whenever I add a new presence to an already overcrowded physical world.
– Anna Castelli Ferrieri (1918-2006)
New York Times claims that the force in postwar modern Italian design has diminished because Italian architect and industrial designer Anna Castelli Ferrieri died at her home in Milan. She was 87.
One of the postwar architects pioneering in Italian modern design, Ferrieri was one of the first women to graduate with an architecture degree from the highly-esteemed, Milan Polytechnic Institute, in 1943. She rose to great heights of designer fame along with Italian generation of designers such as Pier and Achille Castiglioni, Gae Aulenti, Ettore Sottsass and Joe Colombo.
In 1949, she and her husband, Giulio Castelli, founded Kartell, which became a leading furniture company known for high-quality plastic designs.
She became the art consultant (since 1966) and later art director for Kartell. Her designs were appreciated for using new technology of the time – plastic, which became her signature medium for later designs.
She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Marial; and son, Valerio.