Kartell arranged this match made in design heaven.
Of all the big-name collaborations on view at Milan’s annual Salone del Mobile design fair, going on right now, the tie-up between two top Italian brands—Kartell and Emilio Pucci—is perhaps the most exciting.
After all, for design enthusiasts, the partnership between furnishings-maker Kartell, known around the world for its molded-plastic pieces like Philippe Starck’s Louis Ghost chair, and the high-fashion brand known for psychedelic prints and saturated hues, is a match made in heaven.
At Salone—running from April 14 to 19 at the Milan Fairground and expected to draw in some 20 million visitors—Kartell and Pucci are debuting their Madame Pucci Chair. It’s another Starck-created beauty, this one upholstered in one of four different jet-setting prints that Pucci designed for the collaboration.
A continuation of the fashion label’s limited-edition collection of Cities of the World scarves, each print takes its inspiration from the streetscape of a fashion capital in which the house has a flagship store. You’ll find plenty of poetic Pucci license added to the mix, but those with an eye for architecture will see icons from Avenue Montaigne in Paris, Piazza di Spagna in Rome, New York City’s Madison Avenue, the futurist skyline of Shanghai, and more.
Kartell today hosts an invitation-only event to launch the chairs at its Milan showroom, with Starck and Laudomia Pucci (daughter of Emilio, the company’s late founder) in attendance, and the pieces will remain on view to the public throughout Salone, before going on sale in European shops in June and in American outlets in September.