Welcome Black

Kartell's noir exhibit of classic and new chairs


An exhibition of old and new projects reimagined as totally black icons, Kartell‘s “Welcome Black” exhibition at Fiera District in Milan stands out in contrast to their reputation for strong, shiny color palettes, but proves their mastery over every shade of the spectrum.

Among the new products, the Masters chair by Starck Design is an interesting exercise. The shape of the chair was created by mixing the profiles of three famous chairs from Jacobsen, Saarinen and Eames.


Starck also collaborated with Eugeni Quitllet on “The Magic Hole” (pictured above)—a seat built for the outdoors with a curious hole meant to hold newspapers or other objects.


Piero Lissoni‘s latest venture marks Kartell’s first metallic product. The Audrey is a chair with a wholly die-cast aluminum frame designed with several color and material options. The seat and back can be plastic, woven or upholstered, while the frame comes in aluminum with either a shiny, satin or colored (white or black) finish, and it’s available with or without arms.