Design by Patricia Urquiola, 2006.
Designed by Patricia Urquiola, the T-Table was a giant hit in Milan when it launched in early 2006. Manufactured in durable PMMA, the surface of the table is reminiscent of embroidery, resulting in a product that is functional and extremely decorative. T-Table can be used alone or in groupings.
This line of tables originated from the creativity of Patricia Urquiola combined with Kartell's capability and technological know-how. They resulted from the research into innovative surfaces to achieve new visual and tactile effects. The surface of the T-table top alternates fullness and space to create an elegant and precious effect which is reminiscent of embroidery. Select from clear, colored transparent versions or matte black in three different heights.
Material(s): pmma, polymethylmethacrylate, polymer
Models: KRT-8500 8500 KRT-8501 8501 KRT-8502 8502
Born in Oviedo, a town of Northern Spain, Patricia Urquiola studied first in Madrid and then in Milan where in 1989 she graduated from the Milan Polytechnic with her thesis supervised by the internationally renowned designer and architect Achille Castiglioni. Even though from a sociocultural point of view she is very attached to the Spanish tradition, the studies she got involved with influenced her to such an extent that she became of the most important figures of modern Italian design.
From 1990 to 1992 she taught in the role of assistant professor at the Milan Polytechnic, and at the Ensci (Ecole nationale supérieure de création industrielle) in Paris, France. During that period she also started a partnership with the Italian design company Maddalena De Padova where she met another internationally renowned designer, Vico Magistretti, with whom she designed the chair Flower, the sofa Loom, and the horizontal chair Chaise Longue. Like Achille Castiglioni, Vico Mgistretti noticed her talent and advised her to aspire to achieve the highest professional standards at a worldwide level.
From 1993 to 1996 she worked in a design workshop that she had initiated with other designers where she was involved in architectural planning of buildings, interior design, and exhibition design. In 1998 she started partnership with the firm Moroso and created elegant upholstered pieces of furniture that people found irresistible.
Patricia Urquiola while working in harmony with the highest academic standards, also takes into consideration the impact that her products have on the vast public. She focuses on the design of exchangeable units without using modular elements, and successfully creates environments designed to encourage positive feelings and company.
From 1996 she is a coordinator of the design group of the company Lissoni Associati and articulates her professional activity around countless work partnerships with design and architecture companies of worldwide importance like her teachers Achille Castiglioni and Vico Magistretti had wished.
Kartell works with renowned designers such as Ron Arad, Antonio Citterio, Michele De Lucchi, Ferruccio Laviani, Piero Lissoni, patricia Urquiola, Vico Magistretti, Enzo Mari, Alberto Meda, Paolo Rizzatto and Philippe Starck, who all appreciate the wealth of knowledge that Kartell has about plastics technology and the innovative ways in which it can be effectively applied to items for modern living.
Kartell has over fifty years of experience in designing classic furniture from plastics which has made the company famous in the history of Italian and international design.
the t table looks great next to our sectional. it should hold up well with young children in our house. it doesn't need anything on it either. great.
By: Liz, Homeowner (New London, CT)
this is a nice accent table next to our sectional. it seems to be sturdy in a house with young children, and it doesn't need any adornment, no lamps, nothing. happy with this purchase.
By: Elizabeth F., Homeowner (New London, CT)
Modern elegance and sophistication in lightweight, yet sturdy shatterproof plastic.
Patricia Urquiola's T Table (2006) for Kartell, is available in three heights and several colors but no matter which you choose they are a sublime combination of sophistication, strength and beauty.
I purchased the Tall AND Medium tables (one each) in "Crystal" (A.K.A. Clear) to function as coffee tables in my 640 sq ft apartment.
They fill the space well without overwhelming the small living area and are feather light making it a breeze to move the tables as needed to accommodate the space, re-design or guests. The table tops are ample enough to serve dinner from and sturdy enough to put your feet up. Mandatory design features when living in a smaller space.
Sunlight subtly dances off the surface creating soft prisms across the room and evening interior lighting creates an equally stunning effect.
The T stands for transgenic which means: Of, relating to, or being an organism whose genome has been altered by the transfer of a gene or genes from another species or breed: transgenic mice; transgenic plants. This strikes a chord with me as the table top surface treatment makes me think of ice, similar to viewing my surroundings after an ice storm; gently glistening in a magical way. However, Urquiola sees the the technological research transferred into this innovative surface as reminiscent of embroidery. "I love veils," says the designer, "surfaces you can see through, but not glass."
Whatever the imagery provoked, the result is modern elegance and sophistication.
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