Roy Lichtenstein (1923 – 1997)

Last week at Panik Design everything was going POP! Quite literally! Pop is a word I use voluptuously in my writing, it’s one of my favourite words. In fact, making things POP is in the job description of the Panikista Girls. It’s what we do best! It is such a pleasure to be able to write about the infamous Roy Lichtenstein today. Few people can put meaning into a buzz word quite like this man!

The Kartell Stool Side Table ROY is a tribute to Roy Lichtenstein, the American pop artist.  Recreating his dotted artwork into the pattern of the stool, Alessandro Mendini’s Chinese style stool features the celebration of dots from Lichtenstein’s paintings. During the 1960s, along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and James Rosenquist among others,  Lichtenstein became a leading figure in the new art movement. His work defined the premise of pop art through parody.

Roy Lichtenstein was one of the originators of the Pop Art movement.  During the 1950s and 1960s young American and British artists wanted to make art that was inspired by things from popular culture, using advertising logos, brand names, television and cartoon characters and other consumer products in their art.  Lichtenstein was especially fascinated by cartoon and comic book illustration. He is best known for his deliberate exaggeration comic book parodies. His style is easily recognised by its characteristic bold lines, bright colours, dot patterns, and sometimes words.  By making paintings look like huge, blown-up comic strips, including those printing style dots and simple colours, Lichtenstein provoked thought about how images are made and where they come from. 

Alessandro Mendini plays with this  ironic take on traditional fine art values in his decoration of the ROY stool. Fun, bold and eclectic, the ROY stool nourishes your inner child with it’s reminiscence to our comic book days.  It’s never too late to put the POP into your living space. The Kartell Stool Side Table ROY does just that!

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