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Carlo de Carli

Italian, 1910-1999

A modern Renaissance man, Italian designer Carlo de Carli wove his personal philosophy into his furniture creations. He believed that furniture should suit human movement and the surrounding environment, and each piece was made not only with an eye to form but also for everyday practicality. In today’s interiors, vintage de Carli furniture captures the extraordinary essence of Italian mid-century modernism.

Carlo de Carli was born in Milan in 1910. He studied at the Polytechnic University of Milan and developed an interest in design, architecture, writing and philosophy. After graduating in 1934, he worked under revered Italian architect and designer Gio Ponti. Shortly afterward, de Carli opened a studio with furniture maker Renato Angeli. In 1940, he began a relationship with the Milan Triennial design and art museum, where he eventually joined the board of directors.

Most of de Carli's furniture and architectural works came to fruition between the 1940s and 1970s. His architectural projects included the Church of Saint Ildefonso and the Via dei Giardini 7 building in Milan. However, de Carli is best known for his chair and table designs.

What sets de Carli’s chairs and other seating apart from those of other designers is that they are made to be lived in. As a result, his comfortable, functional and inviting designs earned the attention of leading Italian furniture companies like Cassina, Singer & Sons, Tecno and GUBI, and he played a significant role in 20th-century Italian furniture design.

In 1954, de Carli was awarded the Compasso d’Oro for his Cassina Model 683 chair. In 1957, he also won a Grand Prix at the Milan Triennial exhibition for a chair he designed for Tecno. Still committed to his academic pursuits, de Carli served as dean of the architecture faculty at the Polytechnic University of Milan from 1963 to 1968. He continued teaching until 1986 and continued writing until his death in 1999. His most important writings were published in a book titled Architettura, Spazio Primario.

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Carlo de Carli for Sormani 'PIPA' Lounge Chair in Leather
By Sormani, Carlo De Carli
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Carlo de Carli for Sormani, 'PIPA' lounge chair, wood, metal and leather, Italy, circa 1963. A 'PIPA' lounge chair, designed by the Italian Carlo de Carli in circa 1963. He designed...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carlo de Carli

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Metal

Carlo de Carli Lounge Chairs in Red Leatherette
By Carlo De Carli
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Carlo de Carli, lounge chairs model 802, red leatherette, brass, Italy, 1950s Very elegant lounge chairs by Italian designer Carlo de Carli. On four round and tapered nickel-plated ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carlo de Carli

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Brass

Carlo de Carli Lounge Chairs in Red Leatherette
Carlo de Carli Lounge Chairs in Red Leatherette
H 29.53 in W 28.35 in D 32.29 in
Carlo de Carli for Sormani Pair of 'PIPA' Lounge Chairs in Leather
By Carlo De Carli, Sormani
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Carlo de Carli for Sormani, pair of 'PIPA' lounge chairs, wood, metal and leather, Italy, circa 1963. A pair of 'PIPA' lounge chairs, designed by the Italian Carlo de Carli in circa...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carlo de Carli

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Carlo de Carli for Fiarm White Wood Coat Rack, Italy, 1970s
By Carlo De Carli, Fiarm
Located in Naples, IT
Coat stand produced by Fiarm in the 1960s to a design by Carlo de Carli. Base in fibreglass and chrome-plated metal. Stem and hangers in wood and chrome-plated metal.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carlo de Carli

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Metal

Carlo De Carli dining chairs Model 634 by Figli di Amedeo Cassina, Italy, 1950s
By Carlo De Carli, Figli di Amadeo Cassina
Located in Chiavari, Liguria
Set of eight walnut and velvet fabric chairs, produced by Cassina, model 634, designed by Carlo De Carli in the 1950s. The essence of Italian design, which characterizes mid-1950s f...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carlo de Carli

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Velvet, Walnut

Carlo De Carli modular bookcase by Fiarm, Italy, 1970s
By Carlo De Carli, Fiarm
Located in Chiavari, Liguria
Large modular bookcase in curved and lacquered plywood, designed by Carlo de Carli, produced by Fiarm in the 1960s. A playful modular bookcase composed of curved plywood, showcased ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carlo de Carli

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Plywood

Cassettiera Carlo De Carli D154, Sormani, Italia anni ‘60
By Carlo De Carli, Sormani
Located in Firenze, IT
Cassettiera disegnata da Carlo de Carli, modello D154 in legno laccato rosso, pomelli e puntali in ottone, piano in vetro dell’epoca inserito in una cornice di metallo fissata al pia...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carlo de Carli

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Carlo De Carli sofa and armchairs in chromed metal Model 915 produced by Cinova
By Carlo De Carli
Located in Vigevano, PV
Carlo DE CARLI Living room composed of a sofa and armchairs in chromed metal Padding covered in brown fabric. Model 915 produced by Cinova 1969.
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1960s Italian Modern Vintage Carlo de Carli

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Steel, Chrome

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Carlo De Carli furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Carlo De Carli furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 154 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 7 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Carlo De Carli were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Tobia Scarpa, Marco Zanuso, and Giovanni Offredi. Prices for Carlo De Carli furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $324 and can go as high as $46,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $5,673.

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