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Kartell Kids: Iconic Design From a Tender Age

One is never too young for being exposed to good design!
Italian furniture company Kartell thought that too… and launched a new line for kids and adapted some of the brand’s iconic products for children…
The first collection – previewed for the first time worldwide at the Salone del Mobile in Milan – comprises surprising projects by Nendo, Ferruccio Laviani, Piero Lissoni and Philippe Starck…
Designing for kids… that’s fun!
…as creating and designing is always close to the experiential spheres associated with children, through concepts hinged on the themes of exploration, research and innovation… and as well as being functional, Kartell Design is always intrinsically playful, fun and engaging…
A foray into the universe of kids that takes Kartell back in time.
In fact, the first Kartell chair was for children: the 4999 model by Marco Zanuso and Richard Sapper, made in 1964… it was the first chair in the world entirely made of plastic! …and won the prestigious ‘Compasso d’Oro’, somehow the ‘Oscar’ of the design world.
The new kids line is subdivided into three main themes: furnishings endowed with the functions of seating and tops but, at the same time, transformable… so that they may modify the space and stimulate the imagination, almost like toys.
There is ‘Airway’ a transparent swing by Philippe Starck… ‘Discovolante’ car and the ‘Testacalda’ tractor by Piero Lissoni… ‘H-horse’, a minimalistic rocking horse by Nendo… and finally ‘Smile’… a range of stools in ironic shapes and pastel colours, with a twist on the iconic and universally known emoticon…
Ferruccio Laviani created a small table called ‘ClipClap’, designed in exactly the same way as a “construction game”… it is a little desk made from clear colourful plastic bricks…
Some classics such as ‘Fl/y’ by Ferruccio Laviani, Giulio Polvara bookcase and Ron Arad’s ‘Bookworm’ have been revisited in bright colours…
Oh… another fantastic thing! You can order the famous ‘Lou Lou Ghost’ chair signed by Philippe Starck and personalize it with a child’s name or a special dedication…
I must admit: I want the swing, I want that mini-chair, a smiley stool… the car, the bookworm and those supercars… I want it all!
Who cares that I’m a grown-up…

1. ‘Testa Calda’ tractor by Piero Lissoni
2. ‘H-Horse’ by Nendo
3. ‘Smile’ by Nendo
4. ‘Airway’ swing by Philippe Starck
5. Game Table by Ferruccio Laviani

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Text by Claudia Antonia Merkle

POSTED BY cts-klee
April 14, 2016