Kartell w Gino Colombini Umbrella Stand White 1966
A classic of the Sixties, made by Kartell, the multifunctional and indestructible umbrella stand is an injection moulded cylindrical container available in a variety of colours. With two side openings, it can also be used as a waste bin.
Material: Mass-coloured or painted transparent ABS
The Designer: Gino Colombini (born 1915) is an Italian architect and industrial designer. From 1933 to 1952, Colombini worked in the Milan practice of the architect and designer Franco Albini.From 1953 until 1960, Colombini was the technical director of Kartell, which was founded by Giulio Castelli to produce plastic injection moulded products. Kartell produced modern household appliances that were distinctive and colourful, which represented a complete transition from the typical utilitarian aesthetic of the 1950s.
Colombini designed many household products for Kartell that were revolutionary and affordable examples of everyday items. His products include a carpet beater (1957), a lemon squeezer (1958), plastic wash basins, salad colanders, lunch boxes and a long-handled cleaning scoop (1959). One of his most famous designs is a round umbrella stand made from ABS plastic with a stainless steel ashtray top (1965). Gino Colombini was awarded the Compasso d’Oro for designs that he produced for Kartell in 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, and 1960.
The Brand: A leading design company, founded in 1949 by Giulio Castelli and now run by Claudio Luti, Kartell is one of the symbols of Italian design around the world. A success story told through an incredible series of products – furniture, furnishings, lighting, home accessories – that have become part of the domestic landscape, not to mention actual contemporary design icons.
Kartell collaborates with the most prestigious international designers. The Kartell collection is multifunctional and of broad appeal, easy to use and beautiful to behold. Colour, irony, transparency, unique shapes and a play of the senses all come together to make unique pieces: Kartell product is immediately recognisable around the world for the emotion it generates, its durability and undisputed quality.