Urquiola’s universe

Kartell dedicated its flagship store in Cologne to Patricia Urquiola with an exhibition rounding up all of her designs for the brand.

Kartell’s flagship store in the German city of Cologne became “Urquiolawelt!” – Urquiola’s world – for Passagen Interior Design Week, which ran in tandem with IMM Cologne furniture fair last week. The new Clap armchair, Urquiola’s latest design for the brand, took centre stage in the “wonderland” of exuberantly coloured furniture, lighting and tableware the Spanish designer has created for the brand over the years.

The Clap armchair was especially designed with the contract sector in mind. It “combines the industrial technology of Kartell in its processing of plastic with the softness of elegant and functional fabrics in melanges or solid colours,” according to the brand. Clap comes in 21 different colour combinations and features a honeycomb-pattern fabric.

A long table laden with the designer’s Jellies Family tableware collection took pride of place. The Jellies Family is a series of plates, glasses and carafes made from coloured polycarbonate plastic in a decorative style. Each object, made from coloured and transparent injection moulded polycarbonate, carries a different indented pattern. Suitable for both outdoor and indoor use, the range brings to mind old-fashioned jelly moulds in a subtle palette that refracts light effectively.

Other designs on show were the Usame and T-Table coffee tables, Comback and Frilly chairs, the Soft line of sofas, Foliage armchair and Matelassé vases and accessories.