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Kartell: plastic art


Kartell, a symbol of Italian design, celebrates it’s 70th anniversary with an exhibition entitled “The art side of Kartell”, which focuses on the company’s connection with the artistic world

Kartell, one of the symbols of the design “Made in Italy” that can boast prestigious collaborations with well-known designers such as Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Gae Aulenti, Philippe Starck, Patricia Urquiola, Vico Magistretti etc., celebrates its 70th anniversary with a performance taking place at the Appartamento dei Principi of Palazzo Reale in Milan (Piazza del Duomo, 12).

Kartell is appreciated throughout the world for making plastic an essential component of furniture. Over the years, the brand has been influenced by the artistic world– from cinema to theatre and from painting to sculpture– and this connection is exactly what the exhibition wants to emphasize. In the 1000 square meters of exhibition space, all coming from the company’s archive, are vases, chairs, tables, sofas, and lamps most of which now out of production, alongside prototypes, paintings, sculptures, installations and works commissioned by Kartell to great photographers such as Gabriele Basilico, Giovanni Gastel, Helmut Newton or to artists like Maurizio Catalan and Vanessa Beecroft. Also on display “This Mortal Coil”, the book-shelf sculpture by Ron Arad that inspired the famous Bookworm library. Opening the exhibition, are seven Electric chairs, sculptural chairs made in transparent polycarbonate and white neon designed by the American theater director Robert Wilson. The exhibition is curated by Ferruccio Laviani and Rita Selvaggio, and open until  May 12, 2019.

Above: Electric Chairs designed by Robert Wilson produced by Kartell