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.Read More
Why We Love Kartell Furniture & Lighting
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 Philippe Starck and Patricia Urquiola, 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.
Pull up the 1 Inch Stacking Chair by Emeco and you'll see it stands out for its simplicity and strength. Handcrafted of recycled aluminum, it’s sturdy, lightweight and ideal for eating areas or offices. The slightly curved backrest and seat ...
Add an airy modern accent to your living spaces with the clean lines and sweeping design of the Eames Wire Chair from Herman Miller. Unique, intriguing, and inspired by traditional dress forms, this piece was an iteration of the single-piece ...
Smooth and sleek, the Modloft Enna Dining Chair, Set of 2 adds a pleasing, clean aesthetic to your dining room. Crafted by the Sedit Group, Enna features Italian-made Eco Pelle leather seats. Supporting its seat is a handsome solid wood ...
Comfortable, efficient, and ultra-light like a finely tuned road bike. Designer Tom Chung’s passion for cycling and performance reveals itself in the elegant, streamlined silhouette of the Fromme Outdoor Metal Chair Set of 2 from Petite Friture. Tom Chung’s work ...