Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Consolidating its identity in the 1960’s and for the decades following the Milan based family run Kartell was committed to introducing plastic furniture and lighting design to the home market. Characterized best their modern designs are whimsical, colorful, playful, light weight art forms given their polycarbonate or polyethylene composition. The company’s innovative approach combining technological research and cutting edge design lead them to take part in the exhibition “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape” at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in the early 70’s.The company further evolved by enhancing its collection with such illustrious designers as Vico Magistretti, Alberto Meda, Ferrucio Laviani, Ron Arad, Maartin Van Severen, Piero Lissoni, Antonio Citterio, Philippe Starck, and Patricia Urquiola. Over the years the company has received many prestigious awards including 9 Compasso d’Oro awards and the Guggenheim award for best museum. Kartell today has an extensive retail/distribution network consisting of Flagship stores in key metropolitan areas in addition to licensing arrangements with other storefront or web based retail establishments.

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Book shelf by Guilio Polvara, Glossy tables by Antonio Citterio, Ero S chairs by Philippe Starck, Mobil cabinets by Antonio Citterio (top)
Mademoiselle chair by Philippe Starck (2nd)
Componibili by Anna Castelli Ferreri (3rd)
Four table by Ferrucio Laviani, Dolly chairs by Antonio Citterio (4th)
Bookworm by Ron Arad (bottom)

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