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  • 04.22.09

Plastic Fantastic: Barbie and Kartell Rock Milan

The world’s favorite plastic party girl and the furniture industry’s favorite plastic purveyor have teamed up in a brilliant collaboration to celebrate their respective birthdays at the big furniture fair in Milan.

kartel barbie windows

The world’s favorite plastic party girl and the furniture industry’s favorite plastic purveyor have teamed up in a brilliant collaboration to celebrate their respective birthdays at the big furniture fair in Milan.

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The windows of Kartell’s flagship store have been transformed for the occasion, into six room settings, each animated by a life size Barbie (occasionally accompanied by a handsome escort), decked out in vintage Moschino. Kartell is even issuing two Barbie style chairs, the Louis Ghost and the smaller Lou Lou Ghost, embellished with the Malibu charmer’s distinctive profile.

mini versions

But, wait! There’s more! Why stop at furnishing your dream house like Barbie? Why not step out in her shoes? Kartell also teamed with shoe company .normaluisa to create a limited edition of pink and white plastic ballerina flats (sadly, for sale only at the Via Turati flagship store.)

plastic flats

For more Barbie, check out our 50th anniversary slide show tribute.

Visit our Design Channel for more coverage of Milan 2009.

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Linda Tischler writes about the intersection of design and business for Fast Company.

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