Kartell Museo was established in 1999 on the occasion of the company’s 50th anniversary by President Claudio Luti with the aim of conserving, promoting and enhancing the company’s material and intangible cultural heritage. The Museum has obtained the Guggenheim Business & Culture Award for the best company museum.
Its collections, always in progress, consist of more than 8,000 objects, 5,000 designs and 15,000 photographs that together recreate a precise picture of Kartell’s history and production, the materials adopted, the production technologies and the communication and distribution strategies used over the course of the company’s activity.
Kartell Museo is housed in the Kartell factory in Noviglio, at the gates of Milan, the company’s general headquarters since 1967. The building was designed by architects Anna Castelli Ferrieri and Ignazio Gardella, and it is considered to be one of the most interesting examples of industrial architecture in Lombardy.
The permanent display of the museum covers more than 2,000 square metres and was designed by architect Ferruccio Laviani and curated by Elisa Storace. The display includes the most interesting materials linked to the design history of the objects produced over the years. Standouts include car accessories, household items, lamps, laboratory items, furniture and accessories which from the 50s have entered into our daily lives. For the innovation they represent, Kartell’s objects are recognized among the most iconic objects of Italian design and are included in the collection of international museums.
The museum works to spread the culture of design, in Italy and abroad, in cooperation with leading museums and international institutions, in a logic of cultural interrelation. Kartell Museo is a member of the Association of Italian Archives and Company Museums Museimpresa, of the Rete dei Giacimenti del Design Italiano of Triennale Milano, of the regional network of design museums MUDE and the International association of PHEA – Plastics Heritage Association.