Sklar Furnishings is proud to be one of the 250 shop-in-shops that Kartell has worldwide in addition to 130 single-brand flagship stores. Because of its incredible popularity with people in and outside the design world the product is also sold at over 2500 retail operations in over 130 countries. Iconic? Yes indeed!
Founded in 1949 by Giulio Castelli and now run by Claudio Luti, Kartell is an incredible success story. Longevity, their design driven products, innovation in materials and manufacturing all make them very recognizable symbols of Italian design around the world. Their products range from furniture to home furnishings, to lighting, and home accessories. A visit to their website shows hundreds of prestigious design awards won year after year.
Kartell has always collaborated with the most prestigious international designers. Philippe Starck, Patricia Urquiola, Piero Lissoni, Eugeni Quitllet, Joe Columbo and Ferruccio Laviani have all designed multiple successful products. In industrial design this is essential – you want to create a product of beauty and quality and one that will retail and retail for a long time. They have even collaborated with a rock star or two – the Lenny Kravitz Mademoiselle Chairs bring a smile to everyone’s face and people still talk about Kartell Barbie Ghost Chair.
Technology innovation has always been in the forefront of Kartell’s manufacturing processes. Because of this consistent and constant evolution Kartell has been able to introduce to plastics the following: satin finish, transparency, flexibility, resistance to atmospheric agents, softness and touch, and surprising and special colors. Interestingly Kartell has managed to create such beautiful product that plastic items manufactured by them have a sensual and luxurious feel all their own.
Kartell’s ability to push innovation to the limit, enabling designers to express their creativity with new technologies and materials has allowed for real “industrial revolutions” within the home. Their continual introduction of new, fun, timely product keeps them a favorite vendor of ours.