Kartell is an Italian company that makes and sells plastic contemporary furniture.
The company, headquartered in
Milan, began manufacturing automobile accessories in 1949. It expanded into home furnishings in 1963.
The company opened its first store in the
United Statesin 1998, when a Kartell U.S. outlet opened on Greene Street in New York City. Ivan Luini, president of the U.S. division at that time, oversaw the opening of additional stores in Miami, San Francisco, Atlanta, Bostonand Los Angeles.
Kartell's retail marketing strategy is to stock items in a variety of styles and colors at prices that appeal to impulse buyers. The company grosses $100 million per year.
In addition to its stores, Kartell furnishings are sold by more than 150 independent retailers in the United States.
At the time of his death, Luini was in discussions for Kartell's plastic furnishings to be used in a hotel chain being designed by
* Giles, Matthew (2008, May). "Applaud Kartell & Philippe Starck once again" Kartell Furniture is effectively a manufacturer of plastic furniture & lighting. They mainly work with polycarbonate and polyethylene. Kartell mainly work with the creative influences of world renowned creative designers such as Philippe Starck.
* [http://www.kartell.it/ Kartell company web site]
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