Design Classics: Kartell

Design Classics: Kartell

Claire Bock
Sep 19, 2012

Kartell is an Italian company that throughout its 59-year history has paid special attention to the latest technology developing their furniture line. Kartell combines creativity, innovation and glamour to create a unique collection of design classics.

Started by a chemical engineer who specialized in manufacturing plastic products for cars and laboratories, Kartell launched its habitat division in 1963. By building up relationships with internationally renowned furniture designers including Philippe Stark, Patricia Urquiola, and Ron Arad to name a few, Kartell has earned a reputation as a pioneer in furniture design.

Where is Kartell headed? The Masters chair from Philippe Stark unveiled in 2010 is selling out faster than the original Ghost chair. The Masters chair is sure to become one of this decade's classic pieces from Kartell.

(From Left to Right)
The Louis Ghost Chair: The Ghost chair is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year and it is the piece of furniture that launched Kartell's glamorous reputation worldwide.

Componibili: One of Kartell's oldest icons, the Componibili system is a modular storage system that is versatile for every room of the house. With square and round shapes and available with castors there are so many practical uses for this piece.

Bourgie Light: One of Kartell's most glamorous and over the top products is the Bourgie light. Using technology to give plastic a pleated effect, the shade on the Bourgie lamp reflects light in a myriad of interpretations.

Book Worm: The world's first flexible bookshelf designed by Ron Arad was one Kartell's amazing collaborations of artistic vision and scientific technology.

FL/Y Light: This light shows off the best in Kartell's combination of color and transparency. The shape of the pendant shade and colors create a luminous light in any room.

(Images: Kartell)

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