Kartell was established by Guilio Castelli, a young chemical engineer, in 1949. The brand’s earliest incarnation produced auto accessories, household goods, lighting fixtures, and laboratory ware. It was in 1963 that the brand opened its Habitat Sector, venturing into furniture and interior design items. Kartell is known for their originality, bold colours, transparency, and the unique forms of their products.
1. Kartell has produced many iconic designs over the years, but the Componibili chest by Anna Castelli Ferrieri (1967) is probably one of their most significant designs to date. Its practicality extends to the bathroom, living room, and even to the bedroom. 1969 saw the introduction of the same design, in a circular form. Designers: Philippe Starck, Ron Arad, Mario Bellini, and Marcel Wanders among others.
2. The world’s first transparent chair, the Louis Ghost chair by Philippe Starck (2002) dazzles with unique crystalline aesthetics. The chair is extremely durable with shock and weather-resistant features. Flaunting an aesthetic reminiscent of Louis XV, it adds a whimsical touch to any modern home. The stackable chair is now available in fire resistant versions KARTELL PRODUCTS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT LIGHTCRAFT
3. The Bourgie table lamp by Ferruccio Laviani (2004) is one of Kartell’s bestsellers. The baroque-style lamp flaunts a lampshade with a pleated effect, and a base composed of three interconnecting decorated layers. Users can choose from transparent, black, gold, silver, copper, and white/gold options.
Philippe Starck has also had the chair’s 10th Anniversary Special Edition autographed.