Philippe Starck has created the largest single-moulded polycarbonate armchair for Italian furniture maker Kartell – meet 'Uncle Jack'.
The 2014 edition of Salone del Mobile marks an important anniversary for Kartell; 15 years of transparency, research and experimentation in injection-molding with transparent polycarbonate in a single mould. since first introducing La Marie by Philippe Starck in 1999, the Uncle Jack sofa from 2014 highlights the most outstanding example of this technology: a seating surface measuring 190 cm and weighing 30 kilograms in just one piece of polycarbonate.
"My family of ‘aunts and uncles’ by Kartell is the minimalist and technological version of the armchairs and sofas which my aunts and uncles sat in to smoke a pipe or knit in front of the fire, in total peace and serenity," says Starck. "Times have changed and so has furniture… but our dreams remain the same."
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Milan Design Week is over for another year and the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, installations, parties, talks and exhibitions have delivered. With the help of the Space team, more space has gathered together a list of our top 18 in 2018 – a roll call of our favourite chairs, tables, armchairs, beds, sofas and lights by some of the most exciting designers and manufacturers on show.
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Spring has arrived in Milan which just makes everything even more beautiful in this Renaissance city. more space visits Local Design at 'Local Milan', Foscarini, Kartell, Lee Broom and the Nilufar Gallery, and in the process gets up close to the city’s historic and more private architecture. Here is what we found on day two.
Father and son collaborators Alberto and Francesco Meda reveal Aledin Tec for Italian manufacturer Kartell, an LED task lamp in two versions – Tec and Dec – one designed for the office and the other for home.
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The National Gallery of Victoria launches a new show, 'Creating the Contemporary Chair', featuring key design pieces from the Space Furniture collection, including the Ghost chair by Cini Boeri, the Rose chair by Masanori Umeda, and the Post Mundus chair by Martino Gamper.
For Italian architect and designer Antonio Cittero, a 25-year collaboration with Kartell shows the depth with which the Italian design industry supports the great designers, and for Kartell that relationship has produced some of their most significant designs.
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Released for the Milan Furniture Fair this year, manufactured by Kartell and designed by Italian architect Fabio Novembre, the Lantern light is a fresh take on the traditional bedside lamp.
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