Editor’s pickPhilippe Starck And Kartell mixes wood with plastic

25-07-2018
Philippe Starck,Kartell,Chair,Woody Collection

 “Woody Collection” by Philippe Stark for Kartell shows the possibilities of wood and the Italian furniture company’s renowned use of plastic. Thanks to a special patent, the wood is machined with a mould, stretching the limit of curvature of the wood panel, creating seductive curved frame of the chair.

The Woody Collection (Photo credit: Starck)

The collection is composed of three chairs -- two armchairs and a footstool, with each combining a wooden mould with a plastic base and legs. Finishing include ash, striped rosewood and princesswood with seats available in plastic, leather and upholstery.

“Woody answers a desire and also a need for wood”, said Philippe Starck. “This collection is not a fantasy because it is based on the basic human need to be surrounded with signs reminding nature and predicting the future. After more than 30 years of research, we have finally created wooden seats that really express, thanks to the alliance with plastic, the true essence of wood.”

The collaboration marks thirty years since the french designer first challenged the use of materials at Kartell. in 1988, Starck and Kartell’s president Claudio Luti created the Dr. Glob chair which combined steel and plastic.