Andries van Onck Andries van Onck studied industrial design at the Royal Dutch Academy at The Hague from 1952 to 1954, and from 1954 to 1959, he studied industrial design at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm, Germany. He worked as industrial designer at Olivetti Italy from 1959 to 1965. In 1976, he became a member of the Board of ADI (Italian Designers Association). He opened his own design office in Milan in 1965 which is located today in Gavirate (VA). He is a member of the board of the ISIA (Higher Italian State nstitute for Design) in Rome and professor of design at the State University "Politecnico" in Milan. Van Onck has participated in many international design exhibitions. Some of his designs are in the permanent collections of the Museums of Modern Art in Chicago, London, Amsterdam and at the Louvre in Paris.
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 furniture). 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 designers 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.