Italian furniture & lighting brand Kartell have continued their foray into affordable seating designs with the release of two new chairs – Generic A and Generic C – designed by the prolific Philippe Starck.
The Generic range aims to uncover the ‘essence’ of furniture design by stripping designs back to their origins. In the beginning designers focused purely on shape and function, however contemporary designers have since added new meanings to furniture design. The Generic range has an ambitious goal to address this new approach to design; to identify the ‘generic’ seating models for different areas from offices to entertainment venues and create the ideal situational chair. This approach is clearly evident in the recent release of the Generic Catwalk and Generic Venice chairs (expected late 2017) that are synonymously named for their intended application.
Their two new Kartell Generic chairs, A & C are available to order now and lend themselves to any application – be it a home, cafe, restaurant, public space or even in your garden.
Kartell Generic A
The Generic A Chair is Phillippe Starck’s interpretation of what bare elements a chair “for all people” should contain. Made from modified polypropylene which makes it extremely hard wearing but also light, the A chair is Starck’s archetypical chair that’s suitable for a variety of settings. The understated design and flowing silhouette of the chair alongside its durability and sturdiness make it an inviting yet robust piece.
Kartell Generic C
The Generic C Chair (‘C’ meaning café) echoes the timeless elegance of the Chair No. 14 (Komsunstuhl Nr.14), a classic chair designed by Michael Thonet in 1859 which still graces the cafés, restaurants and dining rooms of the most sophisticated cities of the world after many decades. Inline with the Generic range’s aim to return to the ‘essence’ of furniture, the backrest and arms are understated and simple, yet functional. As with the Generic A, the C chair is made from modified polypropylene making it durable and versatile.
The Generic chairs lend themselves to any application – be it a home, cafe, restaurant, public space or even in your garden. As part of a ‘Generic’ family they come in a selection of colours and care suitable for outdoor use.