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Kartell, small armchair Smatrik - Tokujin Yoshioka

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n one hand, pure Japanese creativity and on the other, ground-breaking technological research: a 3D design in plastic results from their union. It pays tribute to a simple aesthetic that transforms the structure of a chair into a contemporary piece.


  • What is it Smatrik by Kartell, a plastic chair with a woven three-dimensional frame.
  • What is special This lightweight chair in plastic combines a refined aesthetic with innovation. Simple, ergonomic and dramatic, it adds a contemporary twist to a traditional retro armchair (the inspiration comes from a mesh armchair of the fifties).
  • How is it made It’s a chair in plastic with 3D woven frame in acrylic resin. Thanks to a special injection moulding technique, the layers of clear and block-coloured polycarbonate create a single-moulded structure that mimics an overlaid metal mesh.
  • Who is it by Born in 1967, Tokujin Yoshioka is a Japanese designer. His style combines immateriality with light to create innovative materials. Besides, cutting-edge technology is central to his work to “transform the impossible into the possible, creating the dream and designing a surprise”. Tokujin Yoshioka has won several coveted international awards and his work is part of the permanent collections of the MoMA in New York, the V&A in London and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.  
  • We have chosen it because… Ground-breaking, modern, innovation and purity: this chair is the archetype of modern creativity and it represents the 3.0 evolution of a traditional wicker armchair.


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