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Q/wood Armchair

by Philippe Starck, from Kartell

q/wood armchair

q/wood armchair

Design Philippe Starck, 2018
Curved 3D wood, steel, thermoplastic technopolymer
Made by Kartell

"Since always, Kartell has been using human intelligence to transform raw material into magical furniture. Now, Kartell is using the same talent to transform the slightest bit of wood dust, the smallest film of wood, the humblest wood residue, into furniture. Elegantly timeless. The great Ray and Charles Eames proved the modernity of the intelligence of plywood; more than 50 years later, technological progress has allowed us to offer even more with even less. That's the Smart Wood collection." -Philippe Starck

The Kartell Smart Wood Collection was born from a love for design, the continuous search for the new and the innovative. The creative concept developed by Philippe Starck began with the choice of a material, and that material was wood - the noblest and the oldest, transformed by Kartell into an industrial product.

Using patented technology, the wood is worked with a mold designed to bring the curvature of the panel to the very edges, creating a seat with sinuous roundness, combining the beauty of the wood and its ability to connect to nature with extraordinarily ergonomic lines.

The collection features pieces of furniture that mark a new chapter in the history of the brand, becoming part of the wider "Kartell loves the planet" project, aimed at enhancing good practice for sustainability throughout the production process and in the use of the raw material with low environmental impact.

The Q/wood chairs feature unique woodworking that combines timeless elegance with contemporary shapes. Available in basic veneer or light or dark stave oak, with frame in chrome plated or painted steel. Seat can be specified in either white or black mass-dyed thermoplastic technopolymer.

q/wood armchair: 21.6" w | 22.4" d | 33.1" h | seat: 17.7" h | 18.1" w | arms: 26" h

$855.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
(in-stock items usually ship in 3-5 business days. Please allow 8-12 weeks for all other options)


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Philippe Starck

Paris-born Philippe Patrick Starck (b. 1949) has a wide range of design, but is very well known for his consumer goods and interiors. He was educated in Paris at the École Camondo and founded his first design firm, which specialized in inflatable objects, in 1968. The next year, he became art director of his firm along with Pierre Cardin. He has worked both independently as an interior designer and as a product designer since 1975. After designing the private apartment interiors for French President François Mitterrand in 1982, his career began to climb significantly. In 1986 he joined Domus Academy Department of Design as an associate lecturer. Two of Starck's famous designs include stylized toothbrushes (1989) and a sleek juicer dubbed the Juicy Salif created for Alessi in 1990. The Juicy Salif has become an affordable and popular cult item.
Kartell's image and its 59 years of history are described through the company's products. The development, the corporate strategies, the attention the company has paid to technology, the project and the design can be appreciated by observing the products Kartell has produced. Kartell's products express the language and the atmosphere of the period in which they were created, but at the same time, they are "contemporary articles," they incorporate many other values and messages and this is why they have become an integral part of our domestic design world.


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