Last night, many design stores on President Masaryk avenue in Polanco lavished us with cocktail parties to present us their new designs.
This was the case of Claudio and Sylviane Franco, owners of Kartell Mexico, who presented us last night this most anticipated retrospective book in collaboration with Taschen which sits pretty this morning on my living room table.
The design company was founded in Milan in 1949 by Guilio Castelli whose moto was, “if people are afraid of novelty, we have to offer them super novelty.” And super innovative design it was from the get go.The first ever product manufactured by the firm was a ski rack designed by industrial designer Robert Menghi. In 1963, under the influence of his wife the architect Anna Castelli Ferrieri Giulio Castelli starts specializing in interior and office design. It is Anna who then imagines the name and design of the firm world widely known today as Kartell.
In the 90’s, Kartell collaborates with international designers such as Ron Arad, Antonio Citterio, Enzo Mari, Maarten Van Severen, Lenny Kravitz who imagined a Demoiselle furry design and many others who produce now collector pieces. My favorite being the outstanding Philippe Starck who ten years ago imagined the Louis Ghost chair.
Now, Kartell furniture pieces have become iconic design pieces. Who had though that the most exclusive hotels would proudly exhibit a plastic garden dwarf in their lobby?
To learn more about the 10th anniversary of the Louis Ghost chair, go to http://www.kartell.it/louis_ghost.htm
To buy the “Kartell, the culture of plastic” book by Taschen visit the flagship store at
Presidente Masaryk, 515
11560 Colonia Polanco
tell 0055 52820607 – 52820232
You can also buy it on line at www.taschen.com