In the 1960s plastic was a revolutionary material waiting to be mastered by a maker—Kartell took its cue. Originally an auto parts manufacturer, the brand expanded into furniture by way of partnerships with makers like Anna Castelli Ferrieri and Philippe Starck. Brightly colored and often assuming bubble-like forms, Kartell pieces are mod, modular, and downright fun. Yet as pieces like Starck’s 2002 Louis XVI-inspired Ghost chair prove, their designs can also trend towards classical and ethereal. It’s this divine sense of ambiguity that lends Kartell its true allure.