Designers

Carlo Bartoli

Carlo Bartoli
Carlo Bartoli was born in Milan, where he graduated in architecture from the Polytechnic and set up his own firm in 1959. Bartoli was immediately drawn to several areas: architecture, in-terior design and industrial design. Over the years Carlo Bartoli has collaborated on some of the most prestigious companies both in Italy and abroad—Arclinea, Arflex, Colombo Design, Confalonieri, Delight, Deltacalor Ernestomeda, Fiam Italia, International Office Concept, Kar-tell, Kristalia, Kron, Laurameroni Design Collection, Lualdi Porte, Matteograssi, Move, Origin, Rossi di Albizzate, Sagsa, Segis, Steelcase, Tisettana, Tonelli, Varenna-Poliform, Ycami—and has also overseen the artistic direction for Colombo Design and Segis. In 1974 he designed the 4875 chair for Kartell, the first chair in the world made entirely of polypropylene. He has taught design at the ISIA in Florence and Rome and at the Milan Polytechnic Faculty of Design. His interests in architectural and environmental regeneration have encouraged him to develop projects in urban planning and the redevelopment of urban centers in Lombardy. He has also carried out a number of interior design projects in Japan: the Takamuroike Golf Club, the B&G Marine Piazza Hotel complex in Okinawa, and the B&G offices in Tokyo. In Italy he has executed architectural and interior design projects for private homes, banks, recreational spaces, res-taurants, offices, hotel complexes, showrooms and exhibition spaces. He has been invited to show his work in countless exhibitions in Italy and abroad: at the Milan Triennale, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Stadt Museum in Cologne, as well as in New York, Prague, Hong Kong, Athens and Buenos Aires. His Gaia (Arflex) armchair is part of the permanent col-lection of Italian design at the MoMA in New York, as well as of the Triennale in Milan. His 4875 chair (Kartell) is part of the permanent collection of the Musée National d’Art Moderne at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. His Tube sofa was given the IF Product Design Award for Good Indus-trial Design in Hannover. In 2000 his small armchair Breeze was selected to be shown on one of the six stamps issued by the Italian Post Office to celebrate the Masters of Italian Design; the Breeze was also awarded the I.D. Design Distinction Award, the Apex Product Design Award, the Red Dot for the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen and the IF Award for Good Industrial Design. Bartoli’s R606 UNO chair, designed in collaboration with Fauciglietti Engineering, was awarded the 21st Compasso d’Oro ADI. In 2010 his SOL expandable tables designed for Bonaldo won the Good Design Award.
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