It was back in the 1970s that Kartell first introduced its innovative Kartell in Tavola collection, and now the iconic design company is adding a brand new collection to the colourful and imaginative range, teaming up with renowned chefs and designers to create sophisticated pieces for the table.
It’s a new vision of classic and contemporary dining style for the design lover, the gourmand and the bon vivant, using an experimental approach to materials and technologies such as PMMA and polycarbonate injection moulding.
Michelin-starred Italian chef Davide Oldani’s flawless approach is embodied in the ‘I.D.Ish by D’O Davide Oldani’ (above), a line of dishes made in either bone white or bronze coloured melamine. “I.D.ish has its own definite identity and the elegant relief on its rim ensures the arrival at the table of a plate without all those fingerprints and the sign of a thumb which has wandered along the rim looking for a place to rest,” Oldani explains.
Spanish designer (and a favourite of Design Pilgrim) Patricia Urquiola’s ‘Jellies Family’ (above) is an articulated line of plates, trays, glasses, bowls and carafes made of vibrantly coloured and transparent injection-moulded polycarbonate. Each piece features a different pattern, which reference memories of Urquiola’s youth.
“Jellies are a three-dimensional coloured world for the table,” says Urquiola. “The touch and sight bring cut crystal to mind. They live outdoors and play with light refractions. They’re not afraid of rain or tumbles. They live equally well inside with all the same or with a mix of colours.”
French architect, inventor and designer Jean-Marie Massaud’s ‘Namaste’ set of melamine dishes features a soft, asymmetrical design suggestive of flat stones. With a natural palette of black, grey, beige and orange, the plates can be matched or contrasted.
The Kartell in Tavola range is truly cutting edge and is exclusively available in Australia at Space Furniture’s Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane showrooms and through the online store.