The story of Kartell is a story of success. The Italian brand, founded in 1949, is one of the world’s most prosperous design furniture companies and is especially famous for its plastic designs. Starting with the production of lab ware, Kartell expanded into furnishings in 1963. In Kartell’s award-winning furniture the brand’s creativity, technological knowhow, quality and innovation are unified. As innovators of new production methods and technological advances in plastic, the company has been collaborating with the industry’s most renowned product designers like Philippe Starck or Marcel Wanders to create the worldwide recognized unique shapes but furthermore to ensure the furniture’s functionality.
What makes the furniture so outstanding beside the vast range of colours and shapes offered, are the unique shapes and the ultra-stable and resistant plastics used. Most of the material that is used for the furniture is polycarbonate plastic which is stable, durable weather resistant and shock proof. These characteristics make it ideal for use as bar, restaurant and outdoor furniture. Although it is multifunctional, versatile and able to withstand the rigours that commercial restaurant furniture has to manage, it still looks original and attractive. A great example is the Louis Ghost Chair. This transparent polycarbonate chair combines an antique but contemporary design with the resistant attributes of plastic and made Kartell a world leader in the production of transparent and plastic design furnishings. As a UK distributor of Kartell we sell a wide-ranging assortment of other Kartell plastic furnishings, for example the Ami Ami Table and chair, Bubble Cub Sofa and chair, Tip Top table and Stone Stool.
Kartell just launched a book, called “The Culture of Plastics” about the company’s entire history, showing all the aspects of its progress and the technological and social qualities of Kartell products as well as an interview with “Mr. Plastic” Claudio Luti, the owner and director for more than 20 years. The book lays the focus on the products themselves – with historical shots and advertisements and photos with interesting captions on the technological innovations behind the design. The 400-page book, published by “Taschen”, is available in English, French and German and gives a deep inside in the company’s method and the chronicle of plastic.