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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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$7,378
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Chest of Drawers Lacquered by Carlo de Carli for Sormani, Italy, 1964
By Sormani, Carlo De Carli
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Dresser, chest of drawers or commode model D154, black lacquered, brass garniture elements by the designer Carlo de Carli for the editor Sormani 1964s. Very interesting feet characte...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carlo de Carli

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Brass

Rare Pair Beds Carlo de Carli for Sormani Model D90 1963 Original Old Pieces
By Carlo De Carli
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Rare pair of beds Carlo de Carli for Sormani model D90 1963 original old pieces. Original patina.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carlo de Carli

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Brass

Italian Modern Carlo de Carli Lounge Chair and Ottoman in Walnut and Leather
By Carlo De Carli, M. Singer & Sons
Located in Brooklyn, NY
1950s Italian walnut lounge chair and ottoman designed by Carlo de Carli for M. Singer & Sons. Features a highly sculpted, ladder-back frame with clean lines and splayed-leg detail. ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carlo de Carli

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Metal

Console and Mirror by Carlo di Carli
By Carlo De Carli
Located in Austin, TX
Console and mirror, Italian, made of Brazilian rosewood and ebonized rosewood. There is a mirror covered shelf and brass legs. This set is made by designer Carlo di Carli. A square f...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carlo de Carli

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Brass

  • Console and Mirror by Carlo di Carli
  • Console and Mirror by Carlo di Carli
  • Console and Mirror by Carlo di Carli
  • Console and Mirror by Carlo di Carli
H 32.875 in. W 38.125 in. D 11.5 in.
'Spider Table' by Carlo de Carli, Italy, 1950's
By Carlo De Carli
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Beautiful and well preserved version of the famous 'Spider' Coffee Table by Carlo de Carli, Italy, 1950's. Most of us know this famous table and if not: we hope you like it! Carlo...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carlo de Carli

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Glass, Beech

Pair De Carli Armchairs, Rare 1940's Design
By Carlo De Carli
Located in Berlin, DE
These chairs with armrests are were designed by Carlo de Carli in the 40's, which makes them very rare. The upholstery is with high-quality velvet by DEDAR MILANO is completely new. ...
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1940s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Carlo de Carli

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Wood, Walnut

  • Pair De Carli Armchairs, Rare 1940's Design
  • Pair De Carli Armchairs, Rare 1940's Design
  • Pair De Carli Armchairs, Rare 1940's Design
  • Pair De Carli Armchairs, Rare 1940's Design
H 35.04 in. W 28.35 in. D 32.29 in.
Carlo De Carli ‘802’ Model Two-Seat Sofa by Cassina, Italy, circa 1960
By Carlo De Carli
Located in London, GB
An exquisite ‘802’ model two-seat sofa designed by Carlo De Carli for the ‘Hotel Parco Dei Principi’ in Sorrento, Italy. The Parco Dei Principi was designed and conceived in 1960 by ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Carlo de Carli

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Mohair, Velvet, Walnut

Carlo de Carli, a Pair of Easy Chairs, Italy, Mid-1900s
By Cassina, Carlo De Carli
Located in Stockholm, SE
A pair of easy chairs, designed by Carlo De Carli. Italy, mid-1900s. Marked: Figli di Amedeo Cassina. Meda (Milano) Tel. 7238.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Carlo de Carli

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Wood

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Carlo De Carli furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Carlo De Carli furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and 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. 107 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 5 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Carlo De Carli were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider furniture by Tito Agnoli, Giancarlo Piretti and Franco Albini if you are looking for additional options. Prices for Carlo De Carli furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $344 and tops out at $36,000, while pieces like these can sell for $6,844.

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