Design Classics: The Componibili

Most classics of modern design are attention-grabbers, but the humble Componibili blends into the background wherever it is, quietly serving its purpose of providing storage in even the tightest of spaces. The Componibili was introduced by Italian furniture maker Kartell in 1969. The system of modular storage was created by designer Anna Casatelli Ferrieri, who founded the company in 1949 along with her husband. Ferrieri helped to make Kartell (which has since introduced classics like the ghost chair and the Bourgie lamp) a pioneer in using plastic in consumer designs.

The system has been in production now for 40 years, and is a part of the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern art (a sort of Good Housekeeping seal of approval for modern design). But what we like best about it is its versatility and flexibility. The Componibili comes in two different diameters (12.5" and 16.5") and is available in square or round shapes. (The round shapes have doors that slide to open, whereas the square ones have more traditional hinged doors.) The units can be stacked on each other to create a taller system; there's also an option for bases with wheels. As seen here, they're popular as beside tables, but they're also useful in the bathroom, home office, kids' rooms, or pretty much wherever you need storage.

TOP ROW:
1. The Componibili provides a nice contrast with more rustic pieces. Home of Abigail Ahern, from The Selby.
2. A large Componibili as a bedside table, from Sam's Sydney Simplicity.
3. As a bedside table in a sophisticated kids' room. Nuevo Estilo via Dwell Studio
4. Architonic
5. A black Componibili looks sophisticated paired with a gold lamp. Image from You Are the River.

BOTTOM ROW:
6. A Few Things from My Life via Houzz
8. A Componibili for your landing strip — fits nicely into the little corner by the door. From House and Hold.
7. Tucking into a corner in a small bedroom. From The Design Files.
9. In a bathroom — Russet and Empire Interiors via Houzz.
10. The units can stack, and also come in square shapes. Kartell via Apartment Therapy

(Images: as linked above)

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