A chair has the potential to be so much more than just a surface to sit on, and Italian contemporary furniture company Kartell clearly understands this. The well-loved brand has used advanced technology to develop a range of seating solutions that are solid and stable but also beautifully sleek, graphic and design-focused.
Here are three of the company’s hottest chair designs on the market in South Africa right now:
Glossy and debonair, the Mr Impossible chair above – designed by Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet (the latter was named Designer of the Year 2016 by Maison et Objet) – just invites you to climb into its lap. An advanced plastic processing technique was used to fuse a transparent shell and the coloured oval seat together to create a seamless, multi-layered look. The result is simple but impactful.
Designer Patrick Jouin gave a modern twist to a classic chair shape with Thalya. The use of transparent polycarbonate, fun colours and gas-injection technology to create hollow features catapult the item into the 21st century. Plus, a net-like pattern on the seat and backrest creates interest and rounded edges lend the chair an elegant aesthetic.
Oozing 19th-century charm, the Victoria Ghost by Philippe Starck combines a linear seat with a rounded backrest reminiscent of vintage brooches. The chair is made in a single mould, making it a strong solid piece with presence.
The chairs are available from the Kartell stores in Johannesburg and Cape Town (colours may vary from store to store). Visit afritaly.com.