lenny kravitz + philippe starck collaborate on seating for kartell
lenny kravitz + philippe starck collaborate on seating for kartell lenny kravitz + philippe starck collaborate on seating for kartell
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
video © designboom




‘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
video © designboom


the collection of re-interpreted ‘mademoiselle’ chairs


the kartell flagship store is transformed into a stage to showcase the new furniture pieces image © designboom


the combination of python skin and fur offer a visual and tactile experience image © designboom


detail image © designboom


detail image © designboom


lenny-kravitz_designboom-pin-milan lenny kravitz portrait © designboom


explaining the how the collaboration started – philippe talks to designboom video © designboom



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 image © designboom



journalists and fans alike await the arrival of lenny kravitz and philippe starck at the opening night party at kartell

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