Uncle Jim Armchair by Philippe Starck for Kartell

On the Cutting Edge of Italian Design  

A global leader and innovator of molded plastic furniture, Kartell designs are a masterful blend of functional performance, unparalleled quality and pure aesthetic beauty. Pioneers of the injection mold technique in the 1960s, Kartell’s durable yet lightweight—and colorful—plastic furniture line has grown to include chairs, tables, sofas and more that are instantly recognizable across the globe. Since 1949, the Milan-based brand has fostered countless collaborations with renowned international makers like Philippe Starck, Patricia Urquiola and others to bring its distinctive line of iconic, modern design to the masses.

Masters Chair – Set of 2 by Philippe Starck for Kartell

On the Cutting Edge of Italian Design  

A global leader and innovator of molded plastic furniture, Kartell designs are a masterful blend of functional performance, unparalleled quality and pure aesthetic beauty. Pioneers of the injection mold technique in the 1960s, Kartell’s durable yet lightweight—and colorful—plastic furniture line has grown to include chairs, tables, sofas and more that are instantly recognizable across the globe. Since 1949, the Milan-based brand has fostered countless collaborations with renowned international makers like Philippe Starck, Patricia Urquiola and others to bring its distinctive line of iconic, modern design to the masses.

The Designs:

A longtime collaborator with Kartell, Philippe Starck is a world-renowned figure in modern design. Starck has designed hundreds of furniture pieces and accessories with a who’s-who of global design brands. Some of his most iconic designs have been for Kartell, including the Louis Ghost chair—using the brand’s innovative technology to render a dining chair with a traditional silhouette into a slick, translucent ultra-modern object—the unmistakable Masters Chair and, most recently, the A.I. Side Chair that Starck and Kartell collaborated on using artificial intelligence.

Designs by Philippe Starck

Designed by Kartell co-founder Anna Castelli Ferrieri, the Componibili storage collection made its debut at Salone de Mobile in 1967. The first modular plastic furniture of its kind, Ferrieri set out to create an innovative design that would be both beautiful and functional—and now more than a half century later, the icon can be found in the permanent collections of New York’s MoMA and Paris’ Centre Pompidou, and in homes and offices around the world.

 

Supremely minimal and sleek in appearance, Componibili’s adept versatility has ensured its status as a bestseller and a quintessential emblem of modern Italian design throughout the decades. As part of the brand’s “Kartell loves the planet” initiative, Componibili joined the ranks of eco-friendly design in 2019. Retaining its original and playful cylindrical form, the new and fully sustainable Componibili is made from 100% renewable raw materials.