Prince AHA Stool by Kartell designed by Philippe Starck
At A Glance: Thought up as a colorful game of building blocks, the Prince AHA stool is composed of two cones to resemble the shape of an hourglass - or a Djembe drum, if you like. An entertaining and colorful accessory, and a practical stool or stand to place beside the couch or bed.
What's To Like:
Designer Philippe Starck has earned his acclaim, in part due to his work on this chair. It's super useful and visually interesting.
This stool is a multi-tasker. Stool by day, end table in the evening, portable nightstand at night.
What's Not to Like: Innovative design and material aside, some people want a traditional stool. We get that.
The Bottom Line: The Prince AHA Stool's pastel colors, matte material texture, and geometric design make it a highly flexible product, easily inserted into any setting.
Few designers have had an impact across the world of design like Philippe Starck. From modern furniture, restaurant interiors, to architecture, the French icon has made lasting impressions to all those exposed to his work. However, his most influential designs have been in the world of staggeringly original mass produced consumer goods. Renowned for his collaboration with the Italian design and manufacturing firm Kartell, Mr. Stark's most famous works include the Ghost Chair series, the Bubble Club group, and the Prince AHA Stool. Despite all his past achievements, he is still highly active in the world of modern design.
Contrary to the common idea, products in plastic materials are highly ecological for the reason that they can be recycled (with the exception of polyurethane, little used in Kartell products). Thus, Kartell products can be easily recycled. In order to simplify the recycling process, the various components of Kartell products can be easily separated and reduced to elements made of one single material. Moreover, the plastic parts of each product carry, clearly printed, an identification mark to determine the correct classification of the different kinds of plastic and their effective recycling.
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. 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. A leader in furniture design, Kartell addresses an international audience with a collection unique in originality, variety, size, and range.