A leading design company, founded by Giulio Castelli in Milan in 1949, for over 60 years Kartell has been one of the companies symbolising made in Italy design. A success story told through an incredible series of products – furniture, interior design items and lighting – that have become part of the domestic landscape if not actual icons of contemporary design.
Since 1988 Claudio Luti, the heir to the “Kartell spirit” has availed himself of the collaboration of the most prestigious international designers (today the team includes Philippe Starck, Ron Arad, Antonio Citterio, Ferruccio Laviani, Piero Lissoni, Patricia Urquiola, Tokujin Yoshioka, Mario Bellini, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Alberto Meda, Patrick Jouin, Front, Nendo and Rodolfo Dordoni), and he continues with the same fervour and enthusiasm as the founder to search for new technologies, forms and styles, the fruit of a perfect balance between the design experience of the individual designers and corporate potential and needs.
The Kartell collection is polyfunctional and transversal, is user-friendly and has indisputable aesthetic appeal. Colour, irony, an appeal to the senses, transparencies and unique forms for unique objects: the Kartell product is immediately recognisable all over the world for the emotions it evokes, its functional durability and its unquestionable quality. The continuing evolution in the use of materials and experimentation with new technologies searching for new properties are fundamental for product development, whether in seeking new functional features or in developing new aesthetic characteristics. It was this continuing research that brought about the introduction of satin finishes, transparency, flexibility, resistance to atmospheric pollutants, softness and touch.