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German art book publisher TASCHEN documents the story of Italian plastic contemporary furniture icon Kartell in this new title Kartell: The Culture of Plastics. Founded in 1949 by chemical engineer Giulio Castelli at a time when the material applications of plastics were relatively unexplored, Kartell is famous for having created a global culture of plastic furnishings. Partnering with a tradition of the best designers, including Gino Colombini in the 1950s, Anna Castelli Ferrieri and Joe Colombo in the 1960s to more recent greats like Philippe Starck and Ron Arad, the brand has become an enduring household name championing plastic as a quality material for the new age. This book by Hans Werner Holzwarth covers the entire history of the company across decades, exploring all aspects of its evolution as well as the social and technological qualities of Kartell products.