2016 marks the completion of the “Piuma” armchair project by Piero Lissoni, one of the most revolutionary and ambitious products in the succession of technologies and materials utilized by Kartell. Behind the pared-down design of Piuma lie three years of intense research to implement the use of an unprecedented blend: a complex thermoplastic polymer compounded with carbon to confer elevated mechanical rigidity and extreme lightness. Thanks to a sophisticated injection moulding technology, specifically studied for this material and an absolute first for the ambit of industrial design, Kartell has managed to reduce the chair thickness to an all-time minimum of just a few millimetres (2 mm at the most) resulting in an ultralightweight chair of just 2.4 kg. This is the first time that any material containing carbon fibre has been injection moulded and, what is even more amazing, to create a design product of elevated aesthetic content. Thanks to this unusual material mix, not only is Piuma extremely light and slender, but also incredibly hardwearing, flexible and suitable for outdoor use.

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