Carlo Bartoli was born in Milano, where he degreed in Architecture and started his professional career working on architectural projects, interiors and industrial design for furniture and consumer goods for mass production. Then his interests broadened to include architectural and environmental rehabilitation.
He designed for several companies - Arclinea, Arflex, Colombo Design, Confalonieri, Delight, Deltacalor, Ernestomeda, Fiam Italia, International Office Concept, Kartell, Kristalia, Kron, Laurameroni Design Collection, Lualdi Porte, Matteograssi, Move, Origin, Rossi di Albizzate, Sagsa, Segis, Steelcase, Tisettanta, Tonelli, Varenna-Poliform, Ycami - also taking care or the art direction for Colombo Design and Segis.
He taught at the Advanced Course of Industrial Design in Firenze and Roma and at the Milano Politechnic University and held lectures at the Torino Politechnic University.
He was invited to show his works in many exhibitions, as the XIV Triennale in Milano, Plastics and Plastics in New York, Modern chairs 1918-1970 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Design and Plastics in Prague, Italian Design in Hong Kong and Athens, Italienisches Möbel Design at the Stadt Museum in Köln, Dal cucchiaio alla città - 100 designers in Milano, XVI Compasso d'Oro in Milano and the monographic exhibition Carlo Bartoli: thirty years of design in Buenos Aires in 1997.
The Gaia armchair (Arflex) is part of the permanent collection at the M.O.M.A. in New York and of the italian design collection at the Triennale in Milan; the Sophia chair by Bonaldo was included in the collection of the Architectural Museum in Ljubljiana. The Tube sofa (Rossi di Albizzate) was awarded the IF Product Design Award for Good Industrial Design 1996 in Hannover.
The 4875 chair (Kartell) is shown in the permanent design collection of the National Arts Museum - Centre Pompidou in Paris. In the year 2000 the Italian Postal Service issued six stamps about Italian Design: among the portrayed products, the Breeze amchair (Segis), formerly awarded 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.
A long experience gained from the tradition of a family-run design office started in 1960, in conjunction with an innovative dynamism - architects and designers Carlo, Anna and Paolo Bartoli started the professional association "Bartoli Design - studio associato di architettura e design" in 2007. After years of cooperation, Bartoli Design was the name already grouping Carlo, Paolo and Anna with Albertina Amadeo, Paolo Crescenti and Giulio Ripamonti since 1999.
From initial ideas for the marketing strategy, from draft designs through production development, the team’s activity embraces the full spectrum of design services.