Magic Hole Armchair by Kartell designed by Philippe Starck with Eugeni Quitllet
At A Glance: Kartell's Magic Hole Armchair has a silhouette like a sports car and the striking look of a Philippe Starck design. The straight linear surfaces are set off by swooping curves, with the matte finish of the chair's body accented by the colorful, flared Magic Hole "pocket."
The Magic Hole Armchair is available in a monochromatic tone-on-tone (white, gray or black) version, or with contrasting fluorescent colors of orange or green on the interior hollow curve of the arms.
What's To Like:
Indoors, outdoors ... this chair can be used on the patio or in the living room.
Because the Kartell Magic Hole Armchair is produced using polyethelene, it can withstand rain, heat, and the elements - all while maintaining its fade-resistant transparent color.
"Will you hold my book for me while I go for a swim, Magic Hole Chair?" "Why yes, I'd love to." Armrest pockets look cool and have a useful purpose.
What's Not to Like: You can likely get a less expensive patio chair if you really want to. We love the design, though - Philippe Starck knows his gig pretty well.
The Bottom Line: Kartell's Magic Hole Armchair by designer Philippe Starck is solid, durable, and visually intriguing. Give it a home on your patio or in any room that needs a shot of fun - you won't regret it.
Overall: 28.7" h x 26.8" w x 24.8" d
Seat height: 17.3"
Pockets in armrests store reading material or very small kittens
Made of batch-dyed polyethylene using the rotational molding technique
Few designers have had an impact across the world of design like Philippe Starck. Winner of the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from The Designer magazine, Starck's most famous furniture pieces include the Ghost Chair series, the Bubble Club group, and the Ero S Chair. From modern furniture, restaurant interiors, to architecture, the French icon has made lasting impressions to all those exposed to his work. However, his most significant designs have been in the world of staggeringly original mass produced consumer goods, which have been sold in stores like Target across the United States. In addition to his mass-produced furniture, some of Starck's more notable projects have included designing the Optical Mouse for Microsoft, the interior of former French President Francois Mitterand's private apartment, and the Paramount Hotel in New York.
The son of an inventor and engineer, Philippe Starck is gifted with an imaginative mind. Starck combines this creativity with his architecture and design background to ensure every project he is involved with betters the world around him. Starck not only talks about improving the world we live in, but he lives out these beliefs in his everyday actions. Founder of an organic food company, Starck has begun designing affordable wind turbines for the homes of everyday people. His next green endeavors will include hydrogen vehicles and solar-powered boats.
The Magic Hole Chair, a collaboration between the world-renowned Philllipe Starck and working partner Eugeni Quitllet, is a beautiful expression of just how far aesthetics can go in the art of the chair. This is first and foremost a work of rare art - art that you actually use, and use everyday at that. The Magic Whole Chair is impractically beautiful, and beautifully practical. It brings real surprise to its totally unique design, a light touch, real comfort and functionality, and one of the most sublimely goofy names we've ever run across at Smart Furniture.
The "Magic Holes" of the chair are the cheeky pockets of rich color that open up and recede into the arms of the chair. They're like brightly colored secrets, hints at a vibrant inner life within the chair itself. Looking at the piece from the side you wouldn't be able to see them - only from certain perspectives do they make themselves known. It's part of the fun, part of the joy of the chair. Phillipe Starck has always been known for bringing an element of playfulness and exuberance to his work, and the Magic Hole Chair is just one of the most recent examples of this generous and even mischievous spirit. The Magic Hole Chair also shows off his felicity with mixing straight lines and curve-y, circular structures into seamless and lovely combinations.
You have a big hand in the design of the chair as well, because at Smart Furniture our customers get to choose the colors of the chair they want to make their own. That includes, of course, the bright color of the inner world of the chair, the magic hole.
The Chair is built to be tough as well as beautiful, and the material is shock resistant and weatherproof.
Creativity and technology, glamour and functionality, quality and innovation: a combination of extraordinary factors together with a strategic vision of distribution has contributed to the lasting success of Kartell. Headquartered in Milan, Kartell manufactures products like the Bubble Club Chair and distributes them in over 70 countries around the world. Winner of multiple Compasso d'Oro Awards, Kartell is one of the most highly regarded companies in the design world, and Kartell has been recognized numerous times for its excellence. The company is known for collaborating with the world's most respected designers to produce furniture, labware, and lighting that continue to stretch the imagination.
By cultural and entrepreneurial choice, since its origins in 1949 the Italian manufacturer has chosen to characterize itself as the market leader in the production of designer articles which use technology and plastic materials. This choice requires a great understanding of materials and transformation technology. Kartell was accredited for its Quality Management Systems in 2005, maintaining its commitment to on-going research and innovation in the fields of technology and design with plastics. A leader in furniture design, Kartell reaches its 60th anniversary this year and addresses an international audience with a collection unique in originality, variety, size, and range.
Dimensions: Overall: 28.7" h x 26.8" w x 24.8" d Seat height: 17.3" Weight: 22 lbs
Cleaning & Care: Use a soft damp cloth with soap or a liquid detergent, preferably diluted with water. Do not use acetone, trichloroethylene, ammonia or other corrosive plastic cleaners. Avoid ethyl alcohol, which dulls the surface. We recommend always using a damp cloth to prevent plastic surfaces from becoming charged with static electricity which attracts dust. Also avoid abrasive solvents, cleaning powders and creams, steel wool or rough sponge cloths.
The Kartell Magic Hole Armchair is available in three fade-resistant colors including White, Black, and Grey. Made of the light plastic, polyethylene, the Magic Hole Armchair flexibly complements both indoor and outdoor spaces. While the materials may be light, there is no shortage of strength and durability. The collaboration between Kartell and Starck resulted in an armchair that reflects excellent innovation and foresight.
Philippe Starck chose to build his Kartell Magic Hole Armchair out of smooth batch-dyed polyethylene plastic because of the eco-friendly nature of the material. It's Starck's opinion that creating products from materials that involve the killing of trees and plant life is a waste. He sees no sense in building something from wood that can be built from a high quality plastic. Bio-plastics developed from corn make even less sense to Starck. His research and conversations with scientists have helped him form the opinion that the world is currently undergoing a worldwide food shortage that will only grow as the years move on. The idea of using a vegetable like corn to build a piece of furniture or fill up a gas tank seems backwards to Starck. He sees no benefit in it and feels badly for the families that go without food each day so others can drive oversized vehicles that they don't really need. When approached on the subject of using recycled plastics, Starck declines that option as well. He doesn't believe in the strength of the material and doesn't find it to be a good quality product.
Durability and quality are very important to the designer. To be environmentally friendly, a product needs to be able to last. The longer a Magic Hole Armchair is around, the less need for resources to be devoted to building and shipping another chair.
If damage to the chair does occur, and there is no choice but to discard it, the Kartell Magic Hole Armchair is a fully recyclable product. Each piece of the chair is labeled with the correct identification code that informs you of how to recycle it.
The Magic Hole Armchair will stand the test of time and maintain the fullness of its color no matter what weather conditions may come its way. The Magic Hole Armchair doesn't have to become one more concern of yours around your home or business.
Q: What about rain?
A: You can rest assured that your chair will allow for proper water drainage because of the slot at the intersection of the seat and backrest.
Q: What about direct sunlight?
A: You can be confident in the fade-resistant plastics used by Kartell to construct your Magic Hole Armchair. You can expect that same vibrant color will be there season after season, because the Magic Hole Armchair is resistant to UV rays.
Q: What about humidity?
A: The light plastic, polyethylene, used to manufacture your Kartell Magic Hole Armchair makes sure you, your guests, or your clients will not feel like they're sticking to the seat when it's warm outside.
Q: Can the Magic Hole Armchair be stacked? A: No, it cannot be stacked.