designed the Piuma
seat, one of the most revolutionary and enterprising products for Kartell
in its repertoire of technology and materials.
It took two years of intense research to settle on the unusual blend needed to create Piuma
’s basic design: a thermoplastic polymer compounded with numerous fibres including carbon in order to give the structure greater mechanical rigidity and a lower weight. This compound comes from completely different sectors of the industry - automotive and aeronautics - and was completely unprecedented in the world of furnishings.
By applying its injection moulding techniques in a sophisticated new way that was designed especially for this material, an exclusive in the world of industrial design, Kartell
has managed to create a chair that measures just a few millimetres thick (2 mm max), resulting in an ultra-light product (barely 2.2 kg). It is the first time that a material containing carbon fibre has been injection moulded, and for an aesthetically pleasing, stylish product at that.
Thanks to this unprecedented mix of materials, the Piuma
is not only extremely light and slender but also incredibly durable, flexible, and suitable for outdoor use and foldable.
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