For Italian architect and designer Antonio Citterio, 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.
Kartell paid tribute to Antonio Citterio at the Cologne interiors fair with an exhibition at their Cologne flagship store featuring key pieces from the collection, including the Gastone folding trolley designed by Antonio in 1990s and now a brand icon.
When Claudio Luti left the fashion industry and bought Kartell in 1988, Antonio Citterio was one of the key designers, along with Philippe Starck and Vico Magistretti, who forged an alliance and a new direction based on working with plastics differently. New techniques created new textures, finishes, angles, thicknesses, and a breakthrough with the Louis Ghost chair, transparency. It is what Claudo Luti describes as the small inventions that made a revolution.
Bridging his work both in scale and in discipline, Antonio Citterio graduated in architecture at the Milan Polytechnic in 1975 and runs Antonio Citterio and Partners in Milan with founding partner Patricia Viel. Here they design urban projects, residential towers, hotels and showrooms, and a breadth of industrial design projects informed by an understanding of design from an architectural perspective. In 2008 Antonio was honored with the title of Royal Designer for Industry by the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce in London.
This tribute to one of the industries best designers underpins a fruitful collaboration based on good design principles, experimentation, a deep understanding of how we live and work, and the joy of inventing.
Here is a selection of our top 6 designs by Antonio Citterio from the Kartell collection: