KARAKTER PRESENTS ‘ANOTHER NORDIC – BETWEEN ART & DESIGN’ AT PALAZZO LITTA

At this year’s design week, Danish brand Karakter takes part in The Litta Variations; a collaborative installation at the historical Palazzo Litta in the heart of Milan. Now in its fourth year, the contemporary design event is curated by DAMN and Mosca Partners, and involves more than 25 brands exhibiting in different pockets of the palatial building. 


Karakter’s exhibition, titled ‘Another Nordic – Between Art & Design’, highlights the extraordinary personalities behind its handpicked selection of furniture, lighting, design objects and gallery pieces – from Paul McCobb, Bodil Kjær, Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, to Joe Colombo, Angelo Mangiarotti, Aldo Bakker and PlueerSmitt. 

 

A focus is dedicated to the architect and designer Bodil Kjaer, with the reintroduction of her iconic Office Desk, along with the Cross Plexi coffee table. Designed in 1959, the desk was the first of its kind with its pure and simplistic design, appearing to almost float in mid-air. It has been called ‘The most beautiful desk in the world’ – or, the ‘James Bond desk’ as it was featured prominently in three early Bond movies – and we were lucky enough to have Bodil (now 86 years old) personally present the piece to us at the exhibition. 

 

Karakter also reissues designs by Paul McCobb – including his slim-lined Desk Series (1952) and Steel Leg Series (1957). Scandinavian craftsmanship and functionalism at its core, the foundation of the Desk Series is a beautifully simplistic console table with two small drawers. A drop lid and two-door organiser can be added for more storage and personality. 

 

We loved the new Pearl collection by Nick Ross – a glass light series that references modernist Danish lighting archetypes but with a softer, more feminine appearance. The layered, mouth-blown glass creates a soft lighting effect as light passes through the outer glass dome, a reference to the effect created when light passes through water.

 

Against the decorative Baroque backdrop of Palazzo Litta, these new releases were shown amongst the existing Karakter collection of sculptural design, such as the Lari lamp by Angelo Mangiarotti and Rampa by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. All novelties will be available from Cult showrooms later in 2018. 


Karakter takes part in The Litta Variations - a collaborative installation at the historical Palazzo Litta in the heart of Milan.

A focus is dedicated to the architect and designer Bodil Kjaer, with the reintroduction of her iconic Office Desk.

Designed in 1959, the Office Desk was the first of its kind with its pure and simplistic design, appearing to almost float in mid-air.

Office Desk by Bodil Kjær (1959), one of the novelties by Karakter for 2018 presented alongside the Chair 300 by Joe Colombo (1965) and Aida lamp by Angelo Mangiarotti (1988).

Office Desk by Bodil Kjaer has been called ‘The most beautiful desk in the world’ – or the ‘James Bond desk’, as it was featured prominently in three early Bond movies.

Karakter reissues designs by Paul McCobb, including the slim-lined Desk Series (1952) and Steel Leg Series (1957).

Against the decorative Baroque backdrop of Palazzo Litta, the newly released Steel Leg Series by Paul McCobb is shown alongside existing Karakter pieces, including the Coffee Table by Aldo Bakker and Side Table No. 2 by PlueerSmitt.

The foundation of the Desk Series Console & Organizer by Paul McCobb is a beautifully simplistic console table with two small drawers.

Paired with the Bronco Stool by Guillaume Deligne, the Desk Series Console & Organizer is also available with an optional drop lid and two-door organiser for additional storage and personality. 

The new Pearl collection by Nick Ross – a glass light series that references modernist Danish lighting archetypes but with a softer, more feminine appearance.

Designed in 1978, the Lari lamp by Angelo Mangiarotti, consists of a glass shade mouth blown in one single piece - part of the existing Karakter collection on display in Milan.

Support by Aldo Bakker (2016) is a sculptural tin vessel that exists out of two parts, supporting one another. 

Made from one single piece of mouth-blown glass, Tripod, by Gils Bakker (1978), is a sensual table lamp that uses three internal glass structures to support the light bulb at its centre.

Photo Credit | Cult Design (exhibition) & courtesy of Karakter (campaign).

 

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