The Kartell Story
Based in Milan, Italy, Kartell was founded in 1949 by chemical engineer Giulio Castelli and his wife, architect Anna Castelli. Originally a producer of car accessories, it was Kartell's experimentation in plastics for the home that made them famous. Stylish home accessories and lighting dominated the 1950s, with the first injection-molded furniture emerging in the 1960s. Since then, the Kartell modern furniture line has only continued to grow, including contemporary chairs, tables, sofas and more--all made out of durable, lightweight and surprisingly comfortable plastic.
Why We Love Kartell Products
Kartell produces some of the world's finest and most innovative plastic lighting and furniture, effectively redefining the material. Many of the designs are created using a single mold so there aren't any parts or seams. They're colorful, fun and great for both the indoors and out. They add life to the home while remaining professional enough for the office. Kartell also collaborates with a number of well-known designers like Phillipe Starck and Patricia Urquoila, expanding the company's contemporary design palette while sticking to its high standards of quality and inventiveness.
Fun Facts About Kartell
The first Kartell product was an easy-mount ski rack for the car, designed by Carlo Barassi and Roberto Menghi in 1950. The slogan read, "Attach, Travel, Detach, Reattach." The first non-automotive related product was an injection-molded ice bucket and lid, designed by Gino Colombini in 1954 (and winner of the 1955 Compasso d'Oro award).
Noteworthy Lighting & Furniture From Kartell
The Ghost Chair collection is one of Kartell's most iconic forms. The Kartell Ghost Chair was designed by Philippe Starck and is available in several colors, designs and sizes to fit the space you need to furnish. The Masters Chair is another iconic Kartell chair that pays tribute to three influential designs from Arne Jacobsen, Eero Saarinen and Charles Eames. And don't forget the Fly Suspension, probably Kartell's most seen light in TV and film.