Carlo Bartoli (1931 - 2020), belongs to the generation that was very young at the end of the war: learning from the masters of Italian architecture and design of that turbulent period, such as his designer friend Luciano Baldessari and Marcello Nizzoli, he graduated in architecture at Milan, where he opened his studio in 1960. Bartoli deals with architecture and interiors, but during one of the crises in the construction sector he focuses on furniture design. Initially working on objects that he himself needs, he develops his own working method: starting from the identification of limits and translating simplicity into design culture.
The collaboration with companies destined to become references for the world of design leads to the creation of important products, such as the Gaia armchair for Arflex - exhibited in the permanent collection at MOMA in New York and in the design collection at the Milan Triennale - and the 4875 chair. for Kartell, the first in the world to be entirely made of polypropylene, exhibited in the design collection at the Center Pompidou in Paris. Designer of countless pieces for Italian and foreign companies, Carlo Bartoli exhibits his work at the Milan Triennale, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Stadt Museum in Cologne and in New York, Prague, Hong Kong, Athens, Buenos Aires. He teaches at the Milan Polytechnic and at the ISIA in Florence and Rome.
His projects, based on essentiality and the search for balance, are awarded with the XXI Compasso d'Oro ADI and the Materialica Design Award (chair Uno designed by Bartoli Design with Fauciglietti Engineering for Segis), the I.D. Design Distinction Award, the Apex Product Design Award, the Red Dot - Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen and the IF Award for Good Industrial Design (Breeze armchair for Segis), the IF Award (Tube sofa for Rossi di Albizzate), 2010 Good Design Award (Sol table for Bonaldo). To these important awards is added the Compasso d'Oro ADI to the 2016 Career.
His deep understanding of the context and the willingness to use technologies creatively to obtain "good" products, lead him to create objects that in several cases translate into great market successes. The taste for precision and knowledge of technology lead Bartoli to design numerous small products, such as handles and mechanisms, where attention to detail is essential.
In 2007 he founded the Bartoli Design associated studio with his children Anna and Paolo Bartoli. He continues to this day the design and culture experience of the project inaugurated by Carlo in the sixties.