Made in Italy, Kartell is an iconic design studio specialising in the design and production of plastic furniture and household accessories.
Founded in 1949 by Giulio Castelli Kartell is one of the symbols of Italian design around the world. Since it’s development it has built a serious reputation for innovation and collaboration with other designers leading to a prodigious output and successfully capturing the imagination of design buffs and press alike.
The products produced include furniture, furnishings, lighting and home accessories. Most are so well known they have become contemporary icons featured regularly in the press and in interiors magazines.My introduction to Kartell came when I saw the by now iconic Louis Ghost chair in a friends home. Designed by French Designer Phillipe Starck in 2002, I had seen it in the press several times but experiencing it in the flesh was different. I expected it to be spindly, light and unusable, instead I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was beautifully finished, sturdy and a pleasure to use. What I loved most though was how the colour worked – in this case the transparency made for interesting reflections and the view through the chair of background objects was very pleasing.
So, it was inevitable that I’d be getting my own Louis Ghost chair at some point and when I did I chose the mid grey option giving a dash of colour but also some see through. I’ve got an old home so it fitting in was no problem as difference between the sleek chair and the two hundred year old walls was great.
In addition to chairs one of my all time favourite Kartell pieces is the Cindy Table lamp. Produced in a matte metallic finish this lamp uses reflection in a different way – taking the simple shape of a typical table lamp and re-working it in high gloss chrome finish makes this lamp stand out in any room. I have not reached to buying one of these yet but when I do it’ll be the orange version that comes home with me! Both these fantastic products are available in all colours online to order or direct from our showroom. Be sure to drop by and experience them for yourself. The Louis Ghost Chair is currently reduced by 10% and retails at €250 and the Cindy Lamp is €173 with delivery for both free in Ireland and the UK.