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A nod to the whim­si­cal and won­der­ful Bourgie lamp

de­signer Fer­ruc­cio la­viani, 2004. de­tails poly­car­bon­ate ta­ble lamp in crys­tal, £252, Kartell. Back­ground one of the most in­stantly recog­nis­able of in­te­rior ac­ces­sories, the Bourgie ta­ble lamp has been il­lu­mi­nat­ing our homes for more than a decade now, but its take on baroque style has proved to be re­mark­ably adapt­able, sub­tly chang­ing its look over the years, yet still re­tain­ing its sta­tus as a stand­out piece of mod­ern de­sign. con­ceived by Kartell’s art di­rec­tor Fer­ruc­cio la­viani, his brief for the lamp was far from straight­for­ward: to cre­ate some­thing ‘im­por­tant’. tak­ing his cue from a vin­tage de­sign on his desk and – it is said – from the lyrics of a disco track about the up­wardly mo­bile (Bourgie’, Bourgie’ be­ing a sub­tle dig at the bour­geoisie), la­viani played with the con­cept of clas­si­cal lines re­con­fig­ured in sleek poly­car­bon­ate. With its scrolled feet, el­e­gant sil­hou­ette and faux-fab­ric shade, the Bourgie has a time­less, but tongue-in-cheek feel, per­fectly suited to the post­mod­ern world. and, as if to prove the point that to­day’s icons shouldn’t be taken too se­ri­ously, the Bourgie was reimag­ined by some of in­te­rior de­sign’s most in­flu­en­tial names to cel­e­brate its 10th an­niver­sary, with philippe starck and pa­tri­cia Urquiola among the lu­mi­nar­ies pro­duc­ing one-off ver­sions in ma­te­ri­als rang­ing from pa­per to metal. Kartell has not been idle, ei­ther, colour­ing the plas­tic in ever-more in­no­va­tive shades. still, we think the pris­tine crys­tal is the most per­fect ver­sion of all – the John tra­volta, if you will, of this Bourgie won­der­land…

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