Paris presents Smatrik
Smatrik, the new seating evolution
After the launch in Cologne, Kartell will also bring the Smatrik project to Paris.
From 18 to 22 January, the Boulevard Saint-Germain flagship store will feature a unique display designed by none other than Tokujin Yoshioka, consisting of overlapping metal cages that will showcase the designer’s product in all its variations.
The Japanese designer will also be the star of a talk session, to be held on 17 January at the Kartell store, during which he will discuss the design and technological innovation of Smatrik together with the President of Kartell, Claudio Luti.
Claudio Luti, President of Kartell, commented: ‘Kartell invests to create products that perfectly combine technological research, originality, attention to detail and industrial production, which are determining factors both today and in the future. Smatrik is yet another example of our commitment to absolute quality and to always using new and revolutionary materials and technologies. As always, we take on a technological challenge and turn it into an innovative product that will become another best seller in our product range. For the first time, Kartell has experimented with polycarbonate by applying it to such a complex mould, thereby increasing the potential for production and creativity of our products.’
Kartell’s creativity has multiple forms and the company has always been open to collaborations in order to achieve a variety of production solutions by investing in technological innovation and materials that allow it to create increasingly efficient, high-performance products. Specifically, with injection and moulding, Kartell aims to ensure the implementation of a project based on craftsmanship, but with an industrial approach, offering top quality and exceptional creative value.
‘For Smatrik,’ Tokujin Yoshioka said, ‘I drew inspiration from 1950s chairs that were made from steel wire and, rather than focusing on their exterior look, I chose to create a design that resembled the structure as much as possible, but using Kartell’s innovative injection moulding technology. The two layers of acrylic resin in the shape of a stick create a three-dimensional structure in a harmonious blend of shapes and materials, which is essential and timeless.’
Smatrik is available transparent and in the colours white, black or plum in the versions with painted or chrome-plated steel legs, and in stainless steel with oak-stained wood finish in the outdoor and rocking versions.