Future, sustainability, design. These are the first three words with which Kartell describes itself in its 2022 catalogue. Future, for the continuous drive to innovate. Sustainability, for projects that increasingly focus on respect for the environment. Design, and therefore beauty, so that only from a completely free creative process can unique, original products be born.
Tables, side tables, chairs, lamps. Here is an overview of Kartell masterpieces, including the latest arrivals of the year and timeless icons. All bearing the signature of undisputed masters: Antonio Citterio, Philippe Starck, Ferruccio Laviani, Ettore Sottsass.
White, black, grey, green, dove grey, as we well know, for Kartell colours have never been a problem, as they manage to include even the most daring options in the most elegant and minimal environments with extreme ease. Re-chair is another example of the Kartell style, designed by Antonio Citterio, it follows a design with squared lines, capable of giving it lightness and solidity at the same time. “Re” stands for “recycled”, it is made with recycled materials and fully compliant with production technology sustainability.
Masters as "masters". With the chair that has become one of the most undisputed Kartell icons, Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet wanted to pay homage to three symbolic chairs, reinterpreted by their creative genius: Series 7™ by Arne Jacobsen, Tulip Armchair by Eero Saarinen and Eiffel Chair by Charles Eames. The lines that merge and intertwine create a unique original product, as only true tributes can do.
The Glossy family was born from four hands: those of Antonio Citterio and Oliver Löw. If we then add those of Kartell who gave life to their designs, they make six. Once again, the desire is to combine lightness and solidity. The steel structure of the table takes care of the first point. For the second, the cross element joins the legs and the marble top, square, oval or round, which is therefore perfectly elevated and supported.
The precision and geometry make it a piece of furniture of rare elegance, which could fit into any environment, both for home and office use, inside and outside. Four is by Ferruccio Laviani, which defines a table with a painted steel structure and a thin minimal top in scratch-resistant laminate, but also available in a more refined marble version.
"A simple lamp, simple as is the gesture of reading." This is how Kartell defines Geen-a. And in fact it is a reading lamp, created by Ferruccio Laviani, immediately recognizable by its design, the simplicity of its lines and its clean shapes. The matt finishes in white, black or brick run from the base to the cap, passing through the stem and the handle that allows you to move it wherever you want. If you then switch to the table version, or Mini Geen-a, the practicality and also the colours increase.
One of its characteristics is multifunctionality, being able to act as both a stool and a side table. But not only this. In fact, Ettore Sottsass's Pilastro is part of the “Kartell goes Sottsass - A Tribute to Memphis” collection. The tribute is to the movement founded by the designer himself in 1980. A new style that combines kitsch and elegance, playing with the absurd and with irrational forms. It enhances the plastic laminates giving the impression of their resemblance to the finest materials. But above all it is a hymn to pleasure, within the "rational language of industrial production"
Philippe Starck and Sergio Schito create Cara, an armchair that combines the rigour of lines, typical of a classic style, with the innovative materials and the glossy ultra-modern finishes typical of Kartell. For Starck it is the representation of the elegance of the minimum: "When we think of an armchair, we always think of the most, of the greatest, of the most everything. On the contrary, Cara shows that the less we do the less we have and the better we are. "
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