Carlo De Carli

Follower and friend of Gio Ponti, Carlo De Carli (Milan, 1910 - 1999) was both a furniture designer and a promoter of Italian furniture, actively engaged in encouraging relationships between designers, craftsmen, industrialists, architects, teachers and companies, in particular furniture makers from the Brianza region. Since his starts in the '30s, De Carli aimed to combine functionality and forms that go beyond the rationalist rigidity, working on dynamic geometric shapes which create a plastic tension, typical of his furnishings. After the Second World War (during which he was taken prisoner by the Germans), he began his most fertile production period; he mainly designed chairs and tables that, in the '50s, were produced by brands such as Cassina (like the “683” chair, winner of the first Compasso d’Oro prize in 1954), Tecno, Sormani, Longhi and Cinova, bringing Italian design to an ever greater international level. In 1962, Gio Ponti was succeeded by De Carli in the chair of Interior architecture, Furniture and Decoration at the Polytechnic of Milan.

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