Kartell Museo was born in 1999 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the company and was created by the President Claudio Luti with the aim of conserving, promoting and enhancing the cultural , ideal, material and intangible heritage of the company. The Museum was awarded the Guggenheim Impresa & Cultura Prize as the best business museum.
Its ever-growing collections consist of over 8,000 objects, 5,000 drawings and 15,000 photographs that give a precise picture of the evolution of Kartell's history and its production, the materials used, the production technologies and the communication strategies and distribution employed in the course of the company's business.
Kartell Museo is based in the Kartell factory in Noviglio , just outside Milan, the company's headquarters since 1967. The building, designed by architects Anna Castelli Ferrieri and Ignazio Gardella, is now considered one of the most interesting examples of industrial architecture in Lombardy .
The exhibition itinerary of the Museum is developed in a permanent exhibition of over 2,000 square meters , created on a design project by the architect Ferruccio Laviani and curated by Elisa Storace. The exhibition includes the most interesting materials related to the design history of the products made by Kartell over the years. Among these we remember the auto accessories, housewares, lamps, laboratory items, furniture and furnishing accessories that have entered our daily life since the 1950s. Kartell objects, for the innovation they represent, are recognized among the most iconic objects of Italian design and are included in the collections of international museums .
The museum works to spread the culture of design , in Italy and abroad, collaborating with the main museums and institutional subjects, in a logic of cultural interrelation . Kartell Museo is a member of the Italian Association of Corporate Archives and Museums Museimpresa, of the Italian Design Field Network of Triennale Milano, of the Lombard Circuit Musei Design MUDE and of the international association PHEA - Plastics Heritage Association.
Kartell Museo is a member of the Italian Association of Corporate Archives and Museums Museimpresa, of the MuseoCity Association, of the Italian Design Field Network of Triennale Milano, of the Lombard Circuit MuseiDesign MUDE and of the PHEA - Plastics Heritage EuropeanAssociation.