Kartell Goes Bourgie

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Bourgie is certainly one of the most recognizable lamps of the last decade—as well as one of the best sellers for famed Italian brand, Kartell. Designed by Ferruccio Laviani, its baroque allure masterfully meets the simplicity of a pure outline while dignifying plastic as an excellent design material.

The Bourgie is now celebrating its 10th anniversary, and Kartell has made the exciting decision to tap some of the most renowned international designers to re-conceive the lamp in tribute to its lasting design. The upshot is an impressive collection of 14 unique pieces, which will be unveiled in Paris on 23 January 2014, at Kartell’s flagship store. This will be the first in a series of international exhibitions that will go on throughout the year.

The “Kartell Goes Bourgie” project features Philippe Starck, who has gone for a fantastically over-the-top design in which the lamp’s base is almost entirely covered in a cascade of colorful paraphernalia. In contrast, Ludovica+Roberto Palomba reproduced a simple and delicate metallic structure which works with RGB-colored lights that give life to an impressive game of polychromatic shadows.

Some of the designers truly reinvented the Bourgie. Front Design‘s love of fluid and unconventional shapes is expressed by a deformation of a white Bourgie. Mario Bellini added a whole new function to the lamp and turned it into a hanger—complete with an umbrella stand. Patricia Urquiola‘s vision means Bourgie can finally fly and become a ceiling lamp, although created from the same components as the original.

Absolute simplicity is the cue for the reinterpretations realized by Christophe Pillet, Nendo, Tokujiin Yoshioka and Piero Lissoni, while other striking contributions from Alberto Meda, Lenny Kravitz, Eugeni Quitllet, Patrick Jouin and Rodolfo Dordoni will also delight viewers.

“Kartell Goes Bourgie” collection will be unveiled 23 January 2014 at Kartell’s Paris flagship store located at 242 Boulevard Saint Germain.

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Kama Sex and Design

Kama_VaginaWall-thumb-620x411-52036My new article for Cool Hunting.

The products of design are often objects of desire, but to what extent can this drive be pushed? The exhibition “Kama Sex and Design” ventures an answer to that weighty question with an analysis of the visual representation of sexual motifs. The starting point is Kama, the Indian god of sexual pleasure, who welcomes visitors into the exhibition space at the Triennale in Milan. The route runs between contemporary objects, classic design, site-specific installations and photographs.

Curator Silvana Annicchiarico tells us that the show “aims to be an exhibition on objects which have the genitals and sexual organs as morphological matrix, but also on the body that maintains sexual relations with other bodies. It is an exhibition that investigates how sex is present in everyday objects.” To achieve this goal, the exhibition is divided into eight sections: Archetypes, Priapus, Origin du Monde, Breasts, Buttocks, Orifices, Couplings and Erotic Food Design, and is accompanied by an ambitious central installation entitled “Anatomical Atlas of the Erotic Refined Body.” Among Etruscan sculptures, Greek vases and Roman artifacts we find very well known works like the Mae West sofa by Salvador Dalí, as well as provocative pieces such as “The Great Wall of Vagina” by Jamie McCartney, a relief of 400 plaster casts of female genitalia.

The exploration begins with a room by Andrea Branzi, in which the relationships between classical and modern, and sex and death, are made explicit through skulls and reproductions of classical female nudes. It continues with a black monolith by Lapo Lani, located in a dark space covered with obscene writing viewed by flashlights.

In another room Nendo‘s “Shivering Bowls” resembling female breasts move as their name suggests, moving in an unexpectedly poetic manner with a constant flow of air. The softness of Nendo’s work contrasts with the hard marble and metals in Betony Vernon‘s installation where mysterious objects of the body (and a provocatively phallic marble chair) are presented in a red space reminiscent of an elegant brothel.

Other designers and artists whose work is on display include Nacho CarbonellNigel CoatesMatali CrassetItalo RotaPiero Fornasetti, Ettore Sottsass, Gaetano Pesce. “Kama Sex and Design” runs through 10 March 2013 and is prohibited for persons under 18 years.