Aunts and Uncles by Philippe Starck
for Kartell


Milan 2013: according to manufacturers Kartell, French designer Philippe Starck has used the world's largest single-piece injection moulding to create this family of furniture shown in Milan this week.

Aunts and uncles by Philippe Starck for Kartell

Philippe Starck cites nostalgia and sentimentality as his main influences for the collection: "My family of Kartell 'uncles and aunts' is the minimalist technological version of the armchairs and sofas where my uncles and aunts used to sit smoking their pipes or knitting by the fireplace in total peace and serenity."

Aunts and uncles by Philippe Starck for Kartell

"Times have changed and so has furniture, but our dreams are always the same," he adds.

Aunts and uncles by Philippe Starck for Kartell

Each member of the Aunts and Uncles series, for Italian brand Kartell, is made of polycarbonate and has been created using single-mould injection technology.

Aunts and uncles by Philippe Starck for Kartell

The furniture includes the Uncle Jack sofa, the Uncle Jim armchair, the Uncle Jo chair, the Aunt Jamy table and the Aunt Maggy console.

Aunts and uncles by Philippe Starck for Kartell

Each piece comes in a range of colours and the collection was shown at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile.

Starck recently collaborated with Peugeot to design a prototype bicycle crossed with a scooter for a free cycle scheme in Bordeaux, France - see all design by Philippe Starck.

Aunts and uncles by Philippe Starck for Kartell

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  • Jess Lapid

    Cute. They have the characteristic Starck swag. But I bet they’re too light and move easily. Not something you can just slump into.

    I hope the chairs and sofas come with a fabric option.

    • Peter Pandesal

      This is Kartell. Plastic fantastic. You’re not supposed to drop your butt on plastic, are you?

  • Chris

    Oh god, I think I might actually like a Philippe Starck design.

  • Hayden

    That’s design. Beautifully resolved individual pieces, working to form a collection. Sofa is easily the standout.

  • Mike hamilton

    Sorry ‘form and function’, either it’ s a chair or an art installation. A chair is to relax, read and parle, all the while being comfortable.

  • Dan Leno

    Possibly quite successful commercial kitsch from the master of that market. This guy has such a terrible sense of style.

    • Peter Pandesal

      C’mon. These are waaaay better than Monobloc.

      • Damian

        The Monobloc is iconic, this is not.

  • Chris

    Isn’t this rather pointless design?

  • mitch

    Another chair, more plastic, more trash. What is this for?