Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the Louis Ghost chair by Philippe Starck, German publisher Taschen launches a new book Kartell – The Culture of Plastics. Kartell was founded in 1949 by the chemical engineer Giulio Castelli, his vision like the famous Swiss architect Le Corbusier, who took steel and concrete into the vernacular of domestic architecture, was to create something special with plastics. The book surveys the group's history that transformed an industrial material and at the same time invented a domestic culture around plastic furniture and numerous complements – lighting, storage and accessories for the home.
Riding the plastic-loving era of the 1960s and 70s, Kartell has become an enduring household name; from the famous designs of Anna Castelli Ferrieri and Joe Colombo in the 1960s to more recent success stories such as the Tati lamp, the Trix sofa and the La Marie, Masters and Louis Ghost chairs.
Kartell – The Culture of Plastics is published by Taschen and covers the entire history of the company, decade by decade, exploring both its evolution as well as the social and technological qualities of Kartell products. Included is an interview with Claudio Luti, owner and President of Kartell for more than 20 years, alongside the objects themselves featured in a collection of historical shots, advertisements, exhibitions, and photos commissioned especially for the book.