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Lenny Kravitz exhibits Kartell chair designs at Milan while Poltrona Frau celebrates its 100th anniversary

Lenny Kravitz attended the recent Milan furniture fair, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, where he designed six chairs for furniture company Kartell and wave-inspired tiles for Lea Ceramiche.

The chairs are based on designer Philippe Starck’s “Mademoiselle” armchair and come in python, leather or fur. Kravitz also designed black and white tiles for Lea Ceramiche that were inspired by water drops and waves.

The project grew from the friendship between Kravitz and Starck and Kravitz Design, Kravitz’s design company and received approval from Claudio Luti, president, Kartell.

“Philippe Starck has been wonderfully supportive of my design endeavours, so when he asked me if I would interpret his Mademoiselle chair for Kartell, I was excited about the idea of two icons collaborating in this way,” said the singer.

“The Kravitz Design take on the Mademoiselle chair is haute couture meets rock and roll.”

Kravitz Design was founded in 2003 and is located in New York’s SoHo neighbourhood. In 2005 and 2006, Swarovski selected Kravitz Design to contribute two chandeliers to its Crystal Palace Collection. It also created the Florida Room lounge at the Delano for Morgans Hotel Group and is responsible for a recording studio in The Setai Resort & Residences in Miami Beach.

“Lenny proved at the highest level he could create an entire musical universe. It is now time for him to translate the magic of his music into materiality, into chairs and into lamps. A new experience for Lenny, a new territory for us,” said renowned designer Starck.

Salone del Mobile celebrated its 51st anniversary this year with 2,700 Italian and foreign exhibitors at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition, the SaloneSatellite and the biennial EuroCucina,International Kitchen Furniture Exhibition and the International Bathroom Exhibition.

There were an estimated 331,649 visitors overall, 3.5% up on 2011. 188,579 foreign operators made up 64.5% of the total (+5.9%), plus 103,791 Italian operators, in line with last year’s results.

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