lenny kravitz + philippe starck collaborate on seating for kartell
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apr 18, 2012
lenny kravitz + philippe starck collaborate on seating for kartell


lenny kravitz + philippe starck collaborate on seating for kartell

 

 

 

kartell ‘goes rock!’ on the occasion of milan design week 2012, presenting a furniture collaboration between french designer philippe starck and musician lenny kravitz.

 

the project grew out of a friendship between the two and the american rock icon’s studio kravitz design resulting in an exclusive collection of six reinterpreted ‘mademoiselle chairs’ which were originally designed by starck for the italian furniture company. kravitz has re-imaged and upholstered the seating pieces with a combination of fabrics of varying textures, selected together with starck. exotic textiles of fur, leather, python and woven materials come together to create a visual and tactile experience with the designs which reflect the character and spirit of both artists.


kravitz has re-imagined and upholstered starck’s design
with a combination of textural fabrics including python and fur

 

 

 

philippe starck has been wonderfully supportive my design endeavours, so when he asked me if I would interpret his ‘mademoiselle chair’ for kartell, I was excited about the idea of two icons collaborating in this way. the kravitz design take on the ‘mademoiselle chair’ is haute couture meets rock and roll.’ – lenny kravitz

 


the reason behind the project – lenny talks to designboom
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an environment is made of materiality; wood, stone, metal… but also made of immateriality such as light, temperature, memories and also sounds and music. lenny proved at the highest level he could create an entire musical universe. it is now time for him to translate the magic of his music into materiality, into chairs, into lamps… a new experience for lenny, a new territory for us.’ - philippe starck



describing the re-interpreted pieces – philippe talks to designboom
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the collection of re-interpreted ‘mademoiselle’ chairs 

 


the kartell flagship store is transformed into a stage to showcase the new furniture pieces
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the combination of python skin and fur offer a visual and tactile experience
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lenny kravitz
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explaining the how the collaboration started – philippe talks to designboom
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the collaborative process – philippe + lenny talk to designboom
video © designboom

 


lenny kravitz, philippe starck, claudio luti (president of kartell) at the kartell stand at salone del mobile 2012, milan
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journalists and fans alike await the arrival of lenny kravitz and philippe starck at the opening night party at kartell

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