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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