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.
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.
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.
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.