Designer Philippe Starck has had his fair share of collaborations with Italian brand Kartell. And, this time around, he has embarked on the project of giving a new aesthetic definition to the famous Bourgie table lamp, which was actually designed by Ferruccio Laviani.
An endeavor fueled by the polycarbonate lamp’s tenth anniversary, Kartell invited fourteen different designers to put their personal spins on the design. These ‘super group’ includes some exalted names like – Patricia Urquiola, Mario Bellini and Nendo, along with that of Starck.
Starck envisioned design (pictured above) stands out by virtue of the ‘bling’ factor. The original Bourgie lamp is given a translucent form, which is wrapped in vibrant pieces of beads and jewelry. It sort of symbolizes the intentional nature of opulence and even decadence oft encountered in our contemporary culture.
On the other hand, Mario Bellini’s contrivance (pictured above) takes the middle ground between sculptural essence and functional credentials. His design comprises of two lamp shades that are combined along their opposite directions to transform into a coat and umbrella stand.
The most striking interpretation however must that be of Patricia Urquiola (pictured above). She completely reinvented the design scope of the lamp to contrive a gorgeous chandelier with intricate branches that mimic the silhouette of the original Bourgie lamp.
All of these designs were exhibited at Kartell’s flagship showroom in Paris. And interestingly enough, the recreations will also be showcased at the famous furniture show of Salone del Mobile, which is held in Milan every year.