Still a bright idea

One of my favorite Kartell products, the Bourgie lamp, kicked off its tenth birthday at last weekend’s Maison&Objet in Paris (alas, no, I wasn’t there). Designed by Ferruccio Laviani for the fantastic plastic company ten years ago, the Bourgie has since become an iconic piece.

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For the Bourgie’s 10th anniversary, Kartell commissioned 14 reinterpretations by its current stable of designers. Here are some that I am looking forward to seeing:

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Top, from left: Front’s cheeky blown-away/melting Bourgie is called Liquid, Tokujin Yoshioka’s star-like version sparks;
Bottom, from left: Alberto Meda’s futuristic, minimalist version; Piero Lissoni’s oversized paper version.

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Top, from left: Philippe Starck’s bracelet-wrapped lamp; Christophe Pillet’s matte black “coal” version is the antithesis of the sparkly, transparent original;
Bottom, from left: Patrick Jouin’s version has gold lettering around it that says The future is a present from the past; Nendo inverted and rotated the silhouette of the original to create the mould of their reinterpretation, called Eigruob.

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Eugeni Quitlet replaced the single bulb with 10 candles.

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Ludovica+Roberto Palomba made a wire version.

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From left: Mario Bellini put two and a half Bourgie’s together to make a lamp-coat stand; and Patricia Urquiola deconstructed the Bourgie to make a chandelier.

I interviewed Kartell’s president Claudio Luti in 2011 for a business story for The Peak, and I was really impressed by what he had done with Kartell, particularly the Kartell Museum. I’m excited that he is heading the Salone del Mobile this year — which is one more reason (in addition to seeing the Bourgie anniversary installation) for going back to Milan.

Photos courtesy of Kartell.

Random picks

Some stuff we like (and one we find puzzling) from the Salone Internazionale del Mobile…

Here’s a clue: we like colour, environmentally responsible design, shiny things, interesting details, and comfort! We don’t like gimmicks.