Venice, the latest member of the Kartell Generic collection designed by Philippe Starck.

Venice, the latest member of the Kartell Generic collection designed by Philippe Starck.

This model particularly touches me because it is a tribute to Arrigo Cipriani and his Harry’s Bar in Venice. I have been living in Venice for 35 years and have always visited Harry’s where I see Arrigo doing the most modern thing: transforming, in a turn of the hand, this incredible urban microcosm. I watch him while he reinvents his small space, alternating rectangular tables and square tables for 2, 4, 6 up to 12 people. His secret? Small armchairs lower than all others.
— Philippe Starck

In 2001, the Italian Ministry for Cultural Affairs declared Harry’s Bar in Venice a national landmark. A local for the past there decades, French designer Philippe Starck has designed a chair in recognition of one of the world's most celebrated restaurants.

 Venice’s iconic St Mark’s Square at dusk when the crowds have drifted off for dinner.

Venice’s iconic St Mark’s Square at dusk when the crowds have drifted off for dinner.

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A a city, Venice is anything but generic. But this new chair designed by Philippe Starck and made by Kartell is a tribute to the history of the city, the iconic Harry’s Bar and its owner Arrigo Cipriani.

A local in the city for three decades, French designer Philippe Starck has taken the Generic chair concept he developed with Kartell and applied it to a new chair that responds to the tiny cafés and bars along the canals and buried deep within the watery city.

Designed along the lines and scale of a traditional living room armchair, the Venice chair interprets the mood of the small and aristocratic Venetian bar with its thousand facets. Refined and reduced in details, the result is a chair with a lightness in form and almost a discreetness in its design approach.

“This model particularly touches me because it is a tribute to Arrigo Cipriani and his Harry’s Bar in Venice”, remarks Starck. “I have been living in Venice for 35 years and have always visited Harry’s where I see Arrigo doing the most modern thing: transforming, in a turn of the hand, this incredible urban microcosm. I watch him while he reinvents his small space, alternating rectangular tables and square tables for 2, 4, 6 up to 12 people. His secret? Small armchairs lower than all others.”

 The Generic collection, the A chair for the office, and the Generic C chairs for restaurants. But like all of Starck’s design, each chair is interchangeable and flexible across applications.

The Generic collection, the A chair for the office, and the Generic C chairs for restaurants. But like all of Starck’s design, each chair is interchangeable and flexible across applications.

Joining the Generic family of community seating, Generic for Venice is the latest addition to the collection that includes Generic A, a chair designed for the office, and Generic C, the chair designed for bars, restaurants and public places,

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