Philippe Starck is one of the most prominent product designers nowadays. He is a born Parisian, whose major breakthrough was back in 1982, when he was commissioned to design the interior space for the private apartments of the French President in the Elysée Palace. His motto is to create pieces that are “good before being beautiful”. Starck is also a vivid defensor of “democratic design”, meaning that good design should be available for everyone, regardless of any constraint. This philosophy is reminiscent of Bauhaus. Starck is famous for his lighting designs. Let’s take a look at the pieces he has created for FLOS, the Italian top design brand.
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The GUNS LOUNGE is a powerful lighting fixture. It consists of a golden gun and a shade. And, for the artist, the piece has a hidden connotation. In his words, “Design is my weapon”, the means he can use to accomplish change. As Starck himself said it best: “The gold of the weapons represents the collusion between money and war. The Table Gun symbolizes the East, the Bed Side Gun symbolizes Europe, and the Lounge Gun represents the West. The black shade signifies death, and the crosses on the inside are to remind us of those who have passed.” It is both fascinating and highly disturbing.
The BIBLIOTEQUE NATIONAL is a must-have for wealthy book lovers. Philippe Starck described it as “A magic bookcase where books take flight towards the light.” The structure is naturally involving and embraces light and reading as unite existences. Reading is not appreciated without light, whereas light inherently invites literature. The Biblioteque National also works as a stunningly innovative bookshelf, while also offering a convenient portable device charger.
For the creation of CHAPO, Philippe Starck drew inspiration from Hollywood’s most charming gentlemen. The design essentially consists of a hat resting on top of a hat stand. The lamp combines fun with functionality in a subtle fashion. The Chapo is a most refined reading lamp for stylish ambiances. Despite the hat on top of it, Chapo provides direct light. Its aluminum structure includes a photo-etched diffuser. Similarly to the Biblioteque National, there is a USB socket on the base allows for the charging of most smartphones and tablets.
FLOS is an Italian top design brand. Their pieces have a strong cultural background and a deep historical concern. Their aim was always to create icons, establish new typologies and innovative archetypes, never letting notions of poetry and irony out of their sight. In short, the fundamental behind flosophy is to always be at the forefront.
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