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Componibili Bio storage cabinet by Kartell


| Designbest editorial staff


omponibili Bio, the tiny storage cabinet that for over fifty years has been identified as a design icon as well as the symbol of the brand Kartell, additionally being recognised as one of the most distinctive and popular pieces throughout the company’s history, this year is available in a new “fully-sustainable” version.
For decades it was merely made out of plastic and subsequently, it was embellished with metallic finishes such as gold and titanium. This was followed by patterns made by high-fashion designers and fifteen one-of-a-kind pieces re-worked by top contemporary designers. At present, the Componibili storage cabinet is the first piece that Kartell has ever made in bioplastic, in a new “fully-sustainable” version.

Developed by Bio-on in partnership with Kartell’s research unit, this groundbreaking type of 100% natural, bioplastic, is a by-product of agricultural production that doesn’t divert resources from food production, for humans and animals. Thanks to a biological process, this by-product is “attacked” by microorganisms that in turn generate a biomass, similar to plastic. Followed by a series of sophisticated processes aimed at refining its composition, this entirely eco-sustainable biomass is transformed into a first-class material. Besides, Kartell is the first firm in interior design to have experimented with injection-moulding and pressing techniques, similarly to the ones for “traditional” plastics.

This is the next stage in the extensive history of Kartell’s best-selling product. Originally designed as a square in 1967 and as a circle two years later, it was made by the architect and designer Anna Castelli Ferrieri who in 1949 with her husband, the chemical engineer Giulio Castelli, started a brand that would soon become one of the most prominent on the Italian design scene.

Anna Castelli Ferrieri stated: “I constantly ask myself if I’m faithful to my objective that in a sense, tries to improve the quality of people’s lives, not betraying the ethical quality of my work.”
We are certain that she wouldn’t have had any doubts on the Componibili Bio.


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