Kartell, at the turn of its fiftieth year, addresses an international public satisfying its most diverse needs both for what regards concrete functional needs and product style.
After the success resulting from its product range expansion, Kartell focused on new markets, and single-brand flags are now present in Riyadh, Dubai, Hong Kong, San Paolo and Cape Town while others are soon to debut in Beirut, Athens, Helsinki, Buenos Aires and Bucarest.

Kartell was the first company to develop the idea of transparency by using one particular material, polycarbonate, for its aesthetic and functional qualities, together with the most innovative technology. Kartell was the only company brave enough to concentrate on widening its range of products in continuous expansion including lighting, the use of textiles and upholstery, officeware, ecc.
Kartell continued to focus on new technologies and materials and conducted in-depth research into textures and 'texturisation' for the creation of new tactile, visual, aesthetic and chromatic effects.

At the Milan International Furniture Fair 2006 Kartell new products share the common characteristics of innovation, research and experimentation, along with optimized use of the most sophisticated technology. Particular attention was also given to the study of surfaces and light reflection research.

E' disegned by Ferruccio Laviani; a lamp of simple and essential design, available in two version: wall lamp and suspension lamp. The wall lamp is composed of a rosette lampshade in pleated polycarbonate, available in multiple colours and an 11 cm long chromed metal arm. The E' suspension lamp consists of the pleated polycarbonate lampshade and a chromed metal rosette. The cable is adjustable in length between 30 and 200 cm.

Panier is the first object to be signed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Kartell. Rigorous technological and functional research resulted in a container basket in a simple but very communicative shape. Comprised of four modules to form the four fourths of a shiny, transparent circle bursting into rays of light. The fourths are attached to each other using opaque joints and stability is achieved simply by using inserts. Panier is a container which can be closed on one side with a transparent lid in polycarbonate and it can easily be used as an end table or as a magazine rack. It is made of transparent polycarbonate and is available in a variety of colours.

Optic, design Patrick Jouin. This faceted cube is an exciting object with its transparent or mirrored parts which create a special atmosphere through the images it reflects. Realized in PMMA which comes in two versions: closed with a door or with one open side. Its surface is strikingly decorated with square based pyramids, slightly in relief, which, whether transparent or mirrored, create a strong visual impact. Optic offers a myriad of potential combinations whether by placing the cubes next to each other, by stacking them or by creating linear compositions. They can charmingly fulfil a wide variety of needs and which is available in a wide variety of colours.

Marcel Wanders a newcomer to Kartell's team of designers, offers a stool with a simple shape but with a very precious appearance. Stone is a low stool, made from a single mould, with an essential symmetrical linear shape which is reminiscent of an hourglass. Its surface it's irregular and comprised of a myriad of geometrical facets which reflect the light and create a striking and unique play of colours, much like a diamond. Because of its jewel-like nature, Stone is offered in the colours of the precious stones: ruby red, emerald green, sapphire blue, topaz okra and smokey grey. Colour and transparency clothe Flip, the high performance and break-proof trolley by Antonio Citterio and Toan Nguyen, in refined elegance. Flip is an ideal trolley for aperitifs and buffets but it also can be used as coffee table in front of the sofa. It is lightweight, handy, elegant and very easy to manoeuvre.
Once folded, it occupies very little space and can easily be put away until the next time it's needed. Top Top the series of tables and coffee-tables designed by Philippe Starck, strikingly portray contrast with their combination of different materials, round or square legs, and opaque and shiny surfaces. Both versions have minimalist and essential lines. The top is lacquered with scratch-proof paint like the base. The tapered central leg is transparent in the square version and has a metal centre anchored to the base. Another version of TopTop is also proposed with a larger top, either rectangular or square, in lacquered polyester and four transparent legs made of square sections.

Royal T, is a series composed by three stools, produced using the rotational moulding technology. The shapes of these stools are reminiscent of a totem. Their rounded appearance and their alternation of geometrical shapes results in a playful and original creation. Royal T in gold, silver, copper, bronze, lead or titanium has a metallic effect. Instead, in its terracotta and antique version, it looks like a ceramic piece. These stools are equally at home in interiors and exteriors because of their advanced technical characteristics.

Chicos, a new transparent stool by Philippe Starck comprised of two elements. The stool is, in fact, two objects in one and the second object is contained inside the first one. Besides, Chicos is equally 'at home' in interiors and exteriors. The external object is symmetrical and somewhat round and is made of transparent polycarbonate. The internal object, instead, is smaller, asymmetrical and has a different colour. Here, the contrast between transparency and colours is eye-catching and very attractive and shows the design mastery required to include different shapes in a single object.

Lizz, the chair by Piero Lissoni produced from a single mould, is lightweight, refined and minimalist. This chair was produced in a single piece using the gas injection moulding technology. It has a square-like shape with a wide seat and a low, wide back. It has no arms and comes in two colours: white and black.

Pop, armchair and sofa by Piero Lissoni and Carlo Tamburini, has a transparent structure comprised of a replay of three identical modules which form the back, seat and arms. The sofa has an embracing but simple and linear shape. The framework is made of transparent polycarbonate on which large soft cushions, covered in a lively and colourful print, are skilfully arranged.

Honeycomb design Alberto Meda, an elegant folding chair with essential and simple lines. Honeycomb has a structured texture, divided into hexagons to create a striking visual impact while its seat and back satisfy the most stringent requirements of ergonomics. The Honeycomb form of the seat and the back gives the structure the necessary lightness of a foldable chair, while its tridimensional decorum magically reflects light. About the last seasons we remember T-Table, line of tables originated from the creativity of Patricia Urquiola and Trix, design Piero Lissoni, a seating system composed of three cushions in different sizes linked together by an elegant system of tie rods, which, with a simple rotating movement, can be transformed and used in different ways.

 Further info about older products are available in MIFF 2005  

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