30 March 2016

The Kartell Museum Near Milan


The Kartell Museum was founded by Giulio Castelli in 1949 with the aim of producing objects of design in plastic. Designed by Ignazio Gardella and Anna Castelli Ferrieri, the museum presents about a thousand designer objects made in plastic by Kartell, in a space of over 2,000 square metres.

The museum is located in Noviglio, just outside Milan, and the Kartell archive includes drawings, photographs, prints, prototypes and protodesign multi-brand products in plastic. In 2007, the museum was enlarged, adding, to the existing 16 halls, three new spaces intended for items produced in recent years, from 2000 up until today.

The items exhibited in the Kartell Museum describe the stages of the company’s history: from the famous sky rack manufactured in the 1950′s after Pirelli’s patent, to the collections of household goods, items for laboratory analysis, down to lamps and designer furniture.

Kartell has worked with some of the main Italian designers; Marco Zanuso, the Castiglioni brothers, Joe Colombo, Vico Magistretti, Gino Colombini and Anna Castelli Ferrieri, whose samples are exhibited in the museum.

These important names stand side-by-side with Philippe Starck, Antonio Citterio, Ferruccio Laviani and many others, according to Kartell’s founder Giulio Castelli’s idea of promoting plastic products from only technical to aesthetic-visual quality products.

The museum is open to the public from Tuesday to Friday.