alessandro mendini presents his first designs for kartell at salone del mobile
 
alessandro mendini presents his first designs for kartell at salone del mobile
apr 16, 2015

alessandro mendini presents his first designs for kartell at salone del mobile

alessandro mendini presents his first designs for kartell at salone del mobile
(above) roy – stool/side table
materials: mass-dyed polycarbonate
dimensions: diam. 45 x H 41 cm
colors: orange, green, pink, crystal

 

 

 

on the occasion of the 2015 salone del mobile, esteemed italian designer and architect alessandro mendini presents two projects for kartell, marking his first collaboration with the company in a career that spans more than 50 years. the two pieces – an injection-moulded stool and a wall-mounted clock – clearly display mendini’s distinctive aesthetics, patterned with his typically tribal motifs. designboom interviews alessandro mendini regarding his long-time relationship with the italian company, and finds out more about the challenges of manufacturing his designs.

 

 


alessandro mendini presents his first designs for kartell at salone del mobile
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alessandro mendini kartell salone del mobile 2015 milan designboom
the vibrantly colored stool doubles as a small side table
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the vibrantly colored stool, which doubles as a side table, is named ‘roy’ in a clear reference to the american pop artist roy lichtenstein. available in fluorescent green, orange and pink, the seating object has been crafted using mass-dyed polycarbonate.

 

‘the shape of the stool is the ancient shape of a chinese stool, and the pattern is a kind of interpretation of a roy lichtenstein pattern. so I mixed these two very different things together’, alessandro mendini told designboom.

alessandro mendini kartell salone del mobile 2015 milan designboom
detail of the stool’s patterned surface
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alessandro mendini kartell salone del mobile 2015 milan designboom
crystal palace – wall clock
dimensions: diam. 34 x H 3,5 cm
materials: thermoplastic technopolymer
colors: orange, green, pink, crystal

 

 

 

the second part of the collection, is a clock made from a thermoplastic technopolymer, also rendered in the same vibrant colors. the timepiece takes its ‘crystal palace’ name from london’s famous glass hall, where mendini recalls a particularly impressive collection of wall-mounted clocks.

alessandro mendini kartell salone del mobile 2015 milan designboom
the clock is made from a thermoplastic technopolymer
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alessandro mendini kartell salone del mobile 2015 milan designboom
alessandro mendini’s bold designs presented at the kartell stand during salone del mobile 2015

alessandro mendini kartell salone del mobile 2015 milan designboom
sketches detailing the pattern and scale of ‘roy’

alessandro mendini kartell salone del mobile 2015 milan designboom
the wall clock is available in a range of bright neon colors

alessandro mendini kartell salone del mobile 2015 milan designboom
the kartell stand brings together its established designs alongside its latest products

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alessandro mendini at the kartell stand
portrait © designboom

alessandro mendini kartell salone del mobile 2015 milan designboom
alessandro mendini with claudio luti, president of kartell

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