Mag­netic Ap­peal

KARTELL’S NEW IN­DUC­TION TA­BLE OF­FERS A SUR­FACE FOR BOTH WORK AND COOK­ING – AT THE SAME TIME

Azure - - SPOTLIGHT - WORDS _El­iz­a­beth Pagli­a­colo kartell.com

“A ta­ble with a hid­den func­tion – noth­ing more, noth­ing less. And it doesn’t want to be a kitchen,” says Mi­lan de­signer Piero Lis­soni of his min­i­mal­ist I-ta­ble for Kartell, which in­te­grates an in­duc­tion de­vice un­der­neath a glass sur­face. Fea­tur­ing an oval or rec­tan­gu­lar top in black or white and a steel base, the ta­ble is meant to be used like any other, but it also hap­pens to serve a sec­ond func­tion when plugged in. The pro­to­type is pre­viewed in Kartell’s 2018 col­lec­tion, which, with its mes­sage of ef­fort­less­ness, marks a de­par­ture for the Ital­ian brand and its pre­dom­i­nant fo­cus on plas­tic fur­ni­ture. Pro­moted un­der the um­brella of “smart de­sign for smart peo­ple,” its lat­est line of­fers new ma­te­rial ex­plo­rations as well as, in the brand’s own words, “new ways of liv­ing and shar­ing spa­ces.” For its part, the I-ta­ble is pretty cool. As most peo­ple are now aware, in­duc­tion cook­tops use an elec­tro­mag­netic field to trans­fer cur­rent di­rectly to cook­ware (to test the com­pat­i­bil­ity of stain­less steel pots and pans, sim­ply stick a mag­net to the bot­tom and gauge how strongly it ad­heres). This causes the cook­ware and its con­tents to heat up while the stove­top stays rel­a­tively neu­tral – the pot it­self will ra­di­ate some heat back onto the cook­top, but this dis­si­pates quickly, just as it would from any coun­ter­top. So worry not about leav­ing the el­e­ment on and burn­ing your­self – or in the case of I-ta­ble, your lap­top. The sleek, non-techy de­sign al­lows ei­ther work or cook­ing to take prece­dence, whether you can’t tear your­self away from a spread­sheet to put that ket­tle on or you need to con­stantly con­sult Epi­cu­ri­ous while mak­ing spaghetti Bolog­nese.

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