Kartell, the Italian furniture company known for their collectable contemporary plastic furniture, has opened shop in De Waterkant, Cape Town. The company, with its headquarters in Milan, began manufacturing automobile accessories in 1949, but expanded into home furnishings in 1963, and have produced a wealth of iconic design pieces since. We’ve gone paging through our past issues to spot some of Kartell’s signature pieces in local DECO homes. Here’s just some of what we found…

Anna Castelli Ferrieri’s modular Componibili storage unit for Kartell (above, left), was featured in our 2010 Urban Issue in this modern Sea Point Apartment of Christiaan Van Aswegen and Alex Geh. This unit matches the delicious monster pot, also a Kartell original. The Componibili units have been in production for more than thirty years and have received much recognition for their pre-eminent and innovative design. They are displayed at The Museum of Modern Art in New York and at the George Pompidou Centre in Paris.

Phillippe Starck’s Louis Ghost Chairs for Kartell were featured in our 2010 Celebrate Issue in playwright Sean Matthias’s Higgovale home (above left), as well as in Leon Stander’s Pretoria home (above, right) in our 2011 Spring Issue. These iconic armchairs reference the Louis XV style, and are a daring example of injected polycarbonate in a single mold. Despite its evanescent and crystalline appearance, Louis Ghost chairs are stable and durable, shock and weather resistant, and can also be stacked six high.

Joe Colombo’s Stacking Chair for Kartell was featured in our 2009 Kitchen Issue in Chris Viljoen and Christan Boshoff’s Greenpoint home. This chair was the first industrial seat in the world created by a single injection mold.

Make sure to visit the new flagship Cape Town Kartell store – Shop 2, The Hudson, Corner Hudson and Strand Street, De Waterkant. Don’t miss out on the miniature Phillippe Starck chairs also on display. For more information, contact capetown@kartellflag.com