Cappellini Design

GIULIO CAPPELLINI

  • Good design today, means on the one hand to create products that are useful and beautiful, on the other, to make people smile and dream. Giulio Cappellini

    Giulio Cappellini’s journey through the design universe began in the late seventies: a quest that took him to different continents to discover whatever was going on around the world and open up the borders of Italian production. A journey undertaken with the curiosity and tenacity of one who wanted to create the identity of a project with experimentation in design as its watchword. In this way a network of young talents, internationally based and often unknown, was created.

  • Giulio Cappellini art director of the Italian design firm Cappellini

1970

  • Cappellini Design - Revolving Cabinet (1970)
  • Dear Mr. Cappellini, I am very happy because today the almond trees are in bloom. SHIRO KURAMATA

    The aspects that appeal to Giulio Cappellini in Shiro Kuramata’s designs are their poetry, lightness and irony. His objects are extraordinarily innovative and curious, never banal. They are useful and above all, capable of setting us dreaming.

    Revolving Cabinet (1970)

1980

  • I came up with the idea of creating a chair consisting only of its structural elements […] Initially it was to be called the Drinking Man’s Chair […] Giulio Cappellini was the first to show interest in what I was doing. Jasper Morrison

    In 1988, with Morrison fresh out of the Royal College of Art, begins one of the most successful relationships in Cappellini’s story. An icon of design, the “Thinking Man’s Chair” is the first object that demonstrated the brand’s ability to foresee trends to the greater audience worldwide.

    Thinking Man’s Chair (1988)
  • Cappellini Design - Thinking Man’s Chair (1988)

1990

  • Cappellini Design - Knotted Chair (1996)
  • In 1996, when I saw the prototype of the Knotted Chair published in a magazine, I at once tried to contact the designer, Marcel Wanders. Giulio Cappellini

    Initially designed for Droog Design, the “Knotted Chair” went well in production thanks to Giulio Cappellini’s sharp eye. It has become a contemporary classic, now in the permanent collections of museums around the world.

    Knotted Chair (1996)

2000

  • Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec offer an extremely light and suggestive vision of a design that enters people's hearts. Giulio Cappellini

    It all started in Paris in 1998 over a cigarette. At the Salon du Meuble, Giulio Cappellini eyed the first project by Ronan, the elder of the Bouroullec brothers, at that time not yet joined with his young brother in an artistic and business partnership.

    Basket (2005)
  • Cappellini Sofa - Basket (2005)

2010

  • Cappellini Design - Drop (2012)
  • “Nendo” means “modelling clay” in Japanese…

    Nendo always combines an ironic and playful idea, effectively expressed in its drawings, with careful research into materials, seeking to economize in their use and tracing them as light, evanescent lines.

    Drop (2012)

2017

  • “Luce” is a product co-projected by myself and a young and promising designer. Giulio Cappellini

    The most intimate root of Antonio Facco’s work can be found in his curiosity and transversal interests. He feels the impelling urge to tell stories that always lead individuals to identify themselves in his creative works.

    Luce (2017)
  • Cappellini Design - Luce (2017)