Modular units Mod. "Kubirolo"
Geometric modules made of natural ash veneer, with skirting board and red/yellow plastic handles
Original combinations can be made according to ones need
DESIGNER Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007)
MANUFACTURER Design Center/ Poltronova
DIMENSIONS L. 90 x H. 146 x W. 47 /cm. (each)
SOTTSASS, Ivan Mietton, Poltronova 1958-1974, pg. 152-153 (illustration)
The Kubirolo line, launched in the Poltronova Collezione Internationale 1967-1968 catalogue, targeted a wider, younger clientele in search of an economical, modular and highly customisable storage system. In this so-called 'commercial' line, Sottsass did not sacrifice his unique vocabulary of shapes, but instead adapted it expertly. Kubirolo is a combination of simple, geometric shapes, whose surfaces are punctuated by coloured elements (the handles). The metaphysical dimension of the object is still very much present. By combining the units, it is possible to recreate an accessible version of the tower pieces designed by Sottsass several years earlier. Kubirolo was a commercial success for Poltronova.