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Componibili Round - 3 Compartments
Masters Barstool
Louis Ghost
Componibili Round - 2 Compartments
Felt Coasters for Componibili
Componibili Round - 4 Compartments
Masters Set of 4
Victoria Ghost
Masters Metallic
Large Round Componibili Element
Componibili Metallic
Bubble Club Armchair
Small Round Componibili Element
Louis Ghost Set of 4
La Marie
Large Square Componibili Element
Waste basket
Spoon Chair
Componibili Castors
Componibili Round Closure Top
Componibili Smile
Segmenti Clothes Stand
Small Square Componibili Element
FL/Y Metallic
Componibili Square Closure Top
Prince AHA
Door For Large Square Componibili Element
Bloom Metallic Pendant Light
Ami Ami Chair
Generic A
Maui Chair
Light Air
Masters Bar Stool Metallic
Charles Ghost
Trays Table
Big Battery
Maui Swivel Chair
Taj Mini
Dr. NO
Generic C
Magazine Rack
Dr. Yes
FL / Y
La Bohème Vase
TopTop Dining Table Small
Umbrella Stand
Bubble Club Sofa
Small FL/Y
Planet Floor Lamp
Bubble Club Table
Big FL/Y
Be Bop
Ero|S| F
Front Page
La Bohème Stool
Bloom Pendant Light
TopTop Dining and Conference Table
Small Ghost Buster
Maui Table
L'Air du Temps
Dr. Na
Ero|S| G
Mr. Impossible
Stone Metallic

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Company History

Founded by chemist Giulio Castelli in 1949, from its beginnings the Italian design manufacturer Kartell has focussed on plastics: albeit originally car parts and not design objects. After extending the product range to include laboratory equipment and household utensils, furniture and lighting were added in the 1960s. Crucial to Kartell's development was the takeover of the company by Claudio Luti, Giulio and Anna Castelli's son-in-law, in 1988. Luti, who had been Managing Director at Versace for a decade, brought a new level of drive and vitality to Kartell and began extensive collaborations with international design greats such as Philippe Starck, Ron Arad, Antonio Citterio and Patricia Urquiola - product lines that still define Kartell.

Louis Ghost Chair from Kartell

Kartell Masters Chair

Kartell Dr. NA table

Kartell Designers

Kartell products are created in collaboration with international designers such as Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Mario Bellini, or Marcel Wanders. These collaborations have proven to be fruitful and productive for designers and the company for decades and consistently produce innovative, futuristic products that explore the limits of plastic and design. And connections which are often very long-lasting, particularly in the case of Philippe Starck who has designed numerous Kartell seating furniture since the 1990s, including the iconic Kartell chair Louis Ghost. Patricia Urquiola, an internationally renowned Spanish designer, has also collaborated with Kartell several times and, in addition to seating, has designed items of everyday use for the Italian design manufacturer; while in context of Kartell lighting design Ferruccio Laviani is one of the brand's most important collaborators, having realised table lamps such as the Bourgie or Cindy for Kartell.

Kartell chairs Generic A and Generic C

Legendary collections and successes

Kartell has been producing groundbreaking plastic designer furniture for more than 50 years and in that period has revolutionised design with futuristic shapes, ironic pop elements and intense colours. Over the years, numerous product lines have been created which have achieved legendary status and remain internationally successful. Anna Castelli Ferrieri, for example, is responsible for the iconic shelving units Componibili, while the Kartell Masters by Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet is just one of several Kartell chairs that has made design history. Kartell has also won numerous international awards over the years, including the Compasso d’Oro nine times and in 2000 the Guggenheim Enterprise and Culture Award for the Kartell Museum.

Kartell Battery table lamp

Kartell Charles Ghost bar stool

Contemporary developments at Kartell

Kartell is now run by the third generation as a family business, and is run today by Claudio Luti, his daughter Lorenza and son Frederico. New product lines such as outdoor products have recently been launched and innovative developments in the fields of materials and process technologies are continuously promoted. In 2020 Kartell released three new environmentally friendly product lines, including their first chair made from 100 percent recycled material, the A.I. by Philippe Starck. The Kartell chair Smart Wood from 2019 belongs to the first product series of the manufacturer made of wood and is manufactured using innovative 3D technology. Innovations which help the company grow globally: in 2019 Kartell opened a flagship store in Tokyo, as well as staging extensive trade fair presentations in Moscow, Shanghai and Stockholm.

Kartell Componibili

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...Following his graduation from the Domus Academy Glen Oliver Löw remained in Milan where he took up a position with Antonio Citterio, becoming a partner in the practice in 1990, and developing a wide range of projects for companies as varied as, amongst others, Vitra, Kartell and Flos...

2010 Designer Furniture World Cup: Holland 1 - Spain 0

...Switching to a more synthetic "Kartell" Approach seemed to offer Urquiola more options, however Jongerius countered with the fully unexpected Polder Sofa for Vitra and the contest was decided; 1:0 for Holland...

2010 Designer Furniture World Cup: Italy 1 - Denmark 1

...In a brave early move Verner Panton attempted to go solo with his Bachelor chair, Colombo managing to counter at the last minute with his Armchair Modell 4801 for Kartell...

New York Ta(b)les. Part 1

...Particularly nasty - access to this Dr Na by Philippe Starckfor Kartell has been blocked for the press corp!...

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