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Pendant KD14 by Sergio Asti for Kartell



Pendant model KD14 by Sergio Asti for Kartell 1963, Italy. Plastic and nickel plated brass. Measurements: from ceiling till drop 47.2 in. (120 cm), height light: 14.6 in. (37 cm), diameter: 20.7 inches (52,5 cm). Three small bulbs Edison Screw (SES), (E17 14-17 mm) max 40 watt, the electric parts are in a good but used condition, approved to European standards. Works in the USA. Sergio Asti (1926) is a highly influential Italian designer and (interior) architect. After graduating from the famous Politecnico in his native Milan, Asti started out his impressive career by the mid 1950s. Aside from creating numerous buildings and interiors for both corporate and private clients, Asti turned out to be a very prolific product designer as well. Having served prominent companies like, Cassina, Knoll, Poltronova, and Zanotta; Gabbianelli, Salviati and Venini; Arteluce, Artemide, Fontana Arte and Martinelli, Asti can be considered one of the leading designers of his generation. The pendant on offer was designed in 1963 for the then emerging company Kartell. And like nearly all the Kartell products it’s made almost entirely out of plastic: in this case vacuum-formed methacrylate. This model has been executed in two versions: one completely in white opaque plastic. And the one on offer: a surprising combination of white and transparent gray As electrical requirements vary from country to country, we recommend that you always have lights checked and installed by a local professional. - Literature: G. Gramigna, Repertorio 1950-1980 (Milano 1985), p. 200.


  • Creator
    Sergio Asti (Designer),Kartell (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 14.57 in. (37 cm)Width: 20.67 in. (52.5 cm)Depth: 20.67 in. (52.5 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    JM Haarlem, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU930323225442

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About the Manufacturer


The Italian design giant Kartell transformed plastic from the stuff of humble household goods into a staple of luxury design in the 1960s. Founded in Milan by Italian chemical engineer Giulio Castelli (1920–2006) and his wife Anna Ferrieri (1918–2006), Kartell began as an industrial design firm, producing useful items like ski racks for automobiles and laboratory equipment designed to replace breakable glass with sturdy plastic. Even as companies like Olivetti and Vespa were making Italian design popular in the 1950s, typewriters and scooters were relatively costly, and Castelli and Ferrieri wanted to provide Italian consumers with affordable, stylish goods. They launched a housewares division of Kartell in 1953, making lighting fixtures and kitchen tools and accessories from colorful molded plastic. Consumers in the postwar era were initially skeptical of plastic goods, but their affordability and infinite range of styles and hues eventually won devotees. Tupperware parties in the United States made plastic storage containers ubiquitous in postwar homes, and Kartell’s ingenious designs for juicers, dustpans, and dish racks conquered Europe. Kartell designer Gino Colombini was responsible for many of these early products, and his design for the KS 1146 Bucket won the Compasso d’Oro prize in 1955. Buoyed by its success in the home goods market, Kartell introduced its Habitat division in 1963. Designers Marco Zanuso and Richard Sapper created the K1340 (later called the K 4999) children’s chair that year, and families enjoyed their bright colors and light weight, which made them easy for kids to pick up and move. In 1965, Joe Colombo (1924–78) created one of Kartell’s few pieces of non-plastic furniture, the 4801 chair, which sits low to the ground and comprised of just three curved pieces of plywood. (In 2012, Kartell reissued the chair in plastic.) Colombo followed up on the success of the 4801 with the iconic 4867 Universal Chair in 1967, which, like Verner Panton’s S chair, is made from a single piece of plastic. The colorful, stackable injection-molded chair was an instant classic. That same year, Kartell introduced Colombo’s KD27 table lamp. Ferrierei’s cylindrical 4966 Componibili storage module debuted in 1969. Kartell achieved international recognition for its innovative work in 1972, when a landmark exhibition curated by Emilio Ambasz called “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape” opened at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. That show introduced American audiences to the work of designers such as Gaetano Pesce; Ettore Sottsass, founder of the Memphis Group; and the firms Archizoom and Superstudio — all of whom were using wit, humor and unorthodox materials to create a bracingly original interior aesthetic. Castelli and Ferrieri sold Kartell to Claudio Luti, their son-in-law, in 1988, and since then, Luti has expanded the company’s roster of designers. Kartell produced Ron Arad’s Bookworm wall shelf in 1994, and Philippe Starck’s La Marie chair in 1998. More recently, Kartell has collaborated with the Japanese collective Nendo, Spanish architect Patricia Urquiola and glass designer Tokujin Yoshioka, among many others. Kartell classics can be found in museums around the world, including MoMA, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. In 1999, Claudio Luti established the Museo Kartell to tell the company’s story, through key objects from its innovative and colorful history.
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