Paolo Castelli

Discovering PAOLO CASTELLI, for those who do not know the brand yet, is a must, since it’s truly an example of Italian excellence that is being appreciated worldwide. PAOLO CASTELLI was born from hard work, talent and passion passed on through family generations and has become one of our Italian realities that is preserving the highest manufacturing traditions, still evolving with current times and full of new creativity. From cabinetry shop to furniture, art objects collections up to large contract projects for residential and public spaces, PAOLO CASTELLI has a wide range of offers, but in this article, I wish to concentrate on the history and just one of their extraordinary collections: “INSPIRATION”. Will soon be back in the future to write about the other many projects and stunning Collections!


PAOLO CASTELLI, before being a company, represents the history of a family and a tradition that began in the years immediately after the Italian unity towards the end of the nineteenth century. In 1887, the great grandfather Castelli decided to open a cabinetry shop in Bologna, introducing not only a workshop, but a specific “know-how” that has been lasting for over a century. During the twentieth century, the Castelli family has suited the company to the changes and trends of the period, but keeping its know-how and craft dimension that has always characterized its business since its foundation.  

In 1994, the young Paolo, great-grandson of Castelli and the second-to-last of seven brothers, just after his degree in Political Sciences, received the task of raising again the status of Modular, the family drapery business. In a few years he balanced the company and had an intuition: merge Modular with Domodinamica, a company specialised in furnishing and design. From this idea, a rich collection of icons that have made the history of design was born, including prestigious creations by the hands of famous designers and now hosted in great museums around the world. 

In 2011, the union of Modular and Domodinamica became PAOLO CASTELLI, a company with its headquarter-design studio in Ozzano dell’Emilia, near Bologna, which deals with design, product design and general contractor projects. Quoting Castelli’s words, “craftwork is art”.

PAOLO CASTELLI counts firstly on the know-how of trusted craftspeople networks, who work few kilometers away from the company’s HQ, and secondly on the creative verve of great artists and  designers, such as Michele De Lucchi,

Luigi Cerri, Stefano Giovannoni and Luca Scacchetti, who designed for Domodinamica, just to name a few of many.

The strengths that enabled the company to grow in Italy and abroad consist of its ability to work on complex projects without losing the craftsman-like approach applied to production, with absolute care for high quality and details. that makes them nowadays one of the best expressions of our Made in Italy.


The INSPIRATION collection is composed by exceptional furniture, lighting and decorative objects for a new interior mood. Elegant and sophisticated, INSPIRATION walks you through an itinerary of rooms furnished and interpreted to give a realistic vision of the evolution of a style.

An international elegance, that evokes the suggestions of Belle Epoque lines but with the heritage of a totally Made in Italy design and craftsmanship. The collection is “inspired” by the design tastes of architects who lived between London and Paris in the thirties and the fifties of the last century, great

masters like Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Van Der Rohe, Gio Ponti, Carlo Scarpa, but with a modern reinterpretation and great attention to details. Furnishings and lighting are art objects for PAOLO CASTELLI, all must enrich suggestive locations, with a concept of high-end interior’s “total look”.

Projects are carried out by the company with all the care and the tradition of the best and most renowned Italian artisan craft, interpreting and innovating, through careful design and manufacturing, international contemporary design trends. 

The headquarters and design studios are in the suburbs of Bologna, in the heart of Emilia, an Italian region in the northern part of Italy. PAOLO CASTELLI can count on a network of artisans of trust and a flair of engineers and designers, who recognize the company as a reliable partner.

The ability to work on complex projects and products without losing the artisan soul of production, high quality and attention to details, are key factors that have enabled the company to continue growing in Italy and abroad and become one of the highest expressions of our Made in Italy.