Earl of Wood Smartwood Desk and Q wood swivel office armchair


Brand : Kartell

Designer : Philippe Starck


The Kartell Earl of Wood Desk is one of a series of revolutionary furniture products designed by Philippe Starck using ‘Smart Wood’. This demure desk features gentle rolling curves and with the aid of Smart Wood technology the surface gently rolls from front to back, providing upright to the support to the rear with an indent for cable management.

Material : Curved wood, technopolymer supports, painted steel support struts

Dimensions : H:72.5cm and  87.5cm to back; W:119cm/(114cm inside); D: 54cm/65cm

Smart Wood is the fusion of one of life’s boldest and basic furniture construction materials fused with technological know how. With patented technology a fine layer of wood is worked with a mould, designed to provide curvature of the wooden panel to the edges to create a shape of unprecedented roundness. In this way the beauty of the wood is enhanced – bent horizontally and vertically in three dimensions to create welcoming curves. This practice is part of the ‘Kartell Loves The Planet’ philosophy – aimed at enhancing good practices for sustainability throughout the production process in the use of raw materials, coupled with low environmental impact. Veneer vs Slatted Ash Smartwood come in two options – Basic Veneer or Slatted Ash. Basic veneer is plywood overlaid in beech whereas slatted ash has a more visible grain due to the stripping and cutting of the trunk. Basic veneer has a more uniform colour due to the homogenous nature of the wood whereas slatted ash is more varied due to the woods grain and veinings, making each product unique.

Philippe Patrick Starck (born 1949 in Paris) is a French product designer and probably the best known designer in the New Design style. His designs range from spectacular interior designs to mass produced consumer goods such as toothbrushes, chairs, and even houses. He was educated in Paris at École Nissim de Camondo and in 1968, he founded his first design firm, which specialized in inflatable objects. In 1969, he became art director of his firm along with Pierre Cardin. Starck's career started to climb in earnest in 1982 when he designed the interior for the private apartments of the French President François Mitterrand. Starck has worked independently as an interior designer and as a product designer since 1975. Most notably, in 2002, he created a number of relatively inexpensive product designs for the large American retailer Target Stores. His most recent designs include an optical mouse for Microsoft, yachts, and new packaging for a beer company. He was also commissioned to design the Virgin Galactic spaceport in New Mexico.


’Kartell - The Culture of Plastics’’… In just over 50 years, this famous Italian company has revolutionised plastic, elevating it and propelling it into the refined world of luxury. Today, Kartell has more than a hundred showrooms all over the world and a good number of its creations have become cult pieces on display in the most prestigious museums. The famous Kartell Louis Ghost armchair has the most sales for armchairs in the world, with 1.5 million sales! Challenging the material, constantly researching new tactile, visual and aesthetic effects - Kartell faces every challenge! With more than 60 years of experience of dealing with plastic.