Carlo de Carli

Italian designer Carlo de Carli (1910-1990) is known for his collaborative practice with art and design as well as his focus on handicraft and skill as an important part of furniture production. As a designer working in Italy during the postwar years, he assumed the responsibility of being a member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors for Triennial One.

Carlo de Carli studied architecture at the Polytechnic of Milan in 1934 and went on to later work with Renato Angels, creating architectural studies and finding ways to engage production modes and handicraft in all designs. The element of slender creations that negotiate the possibilities of physics allows for the expression of de Carli’s craftsmanship to show through; elegant motifs of nest-like table leg bases and dainty glass facets. The work of de Carli was integral to the push for re-growth in Italian furniture and the architectural post-war innovations. He was aware of academic practice, through his studies and further engagement with universities and this greatly influenced the philosophies behind his creation. Carlo de Carli’s work used notions of continuity between nature and design, such that the separation between interior and exterior space begins to disintegrate.