Kartell celebrates 10th anniversary of Ferruccio Laviani’s Bourgie lamp

Thursday, January 30th, 2014. Filed under: Beauty & Style Home & Garden
Kartell goes Bourgie by Front ©Kartell

Kartell goes Bourgie by Front
©Kartell

(Relaxnews) – Italian brand Kartell, known primarily for its high-end contemporary furniture and housewares made of plastic, is paying homage to the Bourgie lamp and to its designer Ferruccio Laviani, who has worked with Kartell for over two decades. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Bourgie, the brand invited several other designers to present their own interpretations on the iconic table lamp.

Since being launched by Kartell in 2004, the Bourgie has become nothing short of a design icon. From a distance, the baroque-inspired lamp seems to be made of crystal, but it is actually made of clear polycarbonate. The Italian designer paired the classical style of the lamp’s base with a modern material, creating a playful and ironic effect. A surprising and amusing object, the Bourgie (Italian for bourgeois) is just as at home in a traditional décor as it is in a contemporary one.

To commemorate this special object’s 10th anniversary, 14 leading designers and design collaboratives each contributed a one-off design. Patricia Urquiola, Piero Lissoni, Front, Mario Bellini, Alberto Meda, Lenny Kravitz, Philippe Starck, Eugeni Quitllet, Christophe Pillet, Nendo, Tokujiin Yoshioka, Patrick Jouin, Ludovica+Roberto Palomba and Rodolfo Dordoni payed tribute to the Bourgie.

Kartell goes Bourgie by Philippe Starck ©Kartell

Kartell goes Bourgie by Philippe Starck
©Kartell

Some of the designers used the Bourgie itself as the base of their creations, while others started from scratch. Philippe Starck presented an ironic variation on the original lamp, covering its stand with costume jewelry and baubles, including an Eiffel Tower charm. Christophe Pillet chose to outfit the lamp in an opaque, black felt dress. Front, meanwhile, created a quirky off-center piece that resembles a genetic mutation on the Bourgie.

“I am honored and flattered that some of the most influential contemporary designers offered to remix an object of mine and I admit that their complete willingness actually even embarrassed me,” Ferruccio Laviani admitted.

“I would like ‘Re-design the Bourgie’ to be seen not only a tribute to and a celebration of the Kartell Light collection and of the Bourgie itself but also as a manifesto in the design world, precisely because of the profuse wholehearted efforts of all the other designers in this project.”

These one-off designs will be presented in a traveling exhibit to be displayed in major cities around the world throughout 2014. Kartell plans to auction the designs online for charity at the end of the year.

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