Kartell is a specialized company in the manufacture of products in figures founded in 1949 with Milan by Giulio Castelli (born in 1920). Castelli leaves from the following point of view: the public is laid out to accept new forms for machines achieving of new functions, but being objects of formerly, spoons,…, it is hardly easy to make accept new forms. If the men are afraid of the innovation, super-innovation should be provided them.
The first product manufactured by Kartell is a rack with original ski designed by the architect and the Industrial designer Robert Menghi (born in 1920). This first object is followed by a series of domestic ustensils, often imagined by Gino Colombini. This company produces also modular furniture of arrangement out of metal and plastic since 1956.
In 1963, Giulio Castelli is put to specialize in decoration of the habitat and with the design of office under the impulse of his wife and collaborator, the architect Anna Castelli Ferrieri (it is besides it which imagines the name of the company and which drew the logo of it).
In 1988, Claudio Luti becomes becomes owner of the company. During Years 1990, Kartell enriches its collection thanks to the contribution of designers coming from the whole world such as Ron Arad, Antonio Citerrio, Michele De Lucchi, Patrick Jouin, Ferruccio Laviani, Piero Lissoni, Vico Magistretti, Alberto Meda, Enzo Mari, Paolo Rizatto, Maarten van Severen, Philippe Starck, Patricia Urquiola.
The Kartell productsKartell manufactures primarily products in Plastic. The company acquired a technical control in the placement of the plastic making it possible to manufacture increasingly complex products.
Some of the products manufactured by Kartell became traditional design:
- Chair Universale (1967), of Joe Colombo, regarded as the first chair entirely moulded out of plastic
- Armchair Louis Ghost , Philippe Starck
- Armchair Ero|S| , Philippe Starck
- Storage unit Componibili , Anna Castelli Ferrieri
- long Chair LCP , Maarten van Severen
- Lamp Bourgie , Ferruccio Laviani
- Rack Bookworm , Ron Arad
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