KartellUmbrella stand (1965), Gino Colombini
Founded in 1949 by chemical engineer Giulio Castelli, Kartell has always been specialized in making articles of plastic (see also the product category ‘night stand’ on Wikiconic), and is still a leading design firm working with this material. Kartell transforms utilitarian objects for everyday use into plastic objects notable for beauty of form.
The Italian designer Gino Colombini became technical director of Kartell in 1953. Colombini designed many household objects and revolutionized the small, reasonably priced everyday things so they were no longer drab and colorless but instead colorful and modern. created in 1965, his most iconic design is his plastic umbrella stand. Glossy, colorful, easy to clean and indestructible, this stand has two lateral openings which allow the lower section to be used as a waste basket. An added accessory is the stainless steel ashtray cover.
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