Ivan Luini, founder of Kartell, U.S., dies in a plane crash

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Ivan Luini, founder and president of Kartell, U.S. Inc., died on September 15 when a plane he was flying with Sergio Savarese, owner of Dialogica, crashed in Colorado. Kartell is credited with restoring plastic to the status of high design, by getting designers like Antonio Citterio and Philippe Starck on board. Luini brought Kartell to the U.S. market (and to DWR.) More about the circumstances of the crash and his career is laid out in this New York Times piece.