Posts Tagged ‘Philippe Starck’

Lighting design…. ceci n’est pas une lumiere!

February 4, 2013

I was skimming through twitter the other day and came across this highlighted by Retro To Go – a light which seems to have gone round the block so frequently of late, that I am wont to ask – are people just not buying into it?

jeeves wall lamp

 

It’s the Jeeves wall lamp from Innermost by Jake Phipps, featured on Retro To Go’s site via Minimal Home.

What surprises me is that I am a fan of both Innermost and Retro To Go, having shopped with the former for my past home….yet this really does not grab me at all…..I find it really quite naff but I can’t explain why. Possibly because it seems a gimmick and nothing more to my layman’s design eyes.

I’m glad they used a Magritte to exemplify it…as it is exactly what I thought of as soon as I saw it…..as opposed to Jeeves!

Lighting seems to be such a niche thing these days.

Taste is always subjective but this just reminds me of the conversation I had with Jacqui Jones at Design Conscious a few years back when the Philippe Starck gun lamp came out….the most attractive part of it for me being inside the shade! I almost choked at the design….what was Starck thinking? And who is his market? BMW driving drug dealers? I know that’s all too sweeping a statement and doubtless shows me up for the naive fool I obviously am but…?

FL-GUNS1

 

I can’t appreciate this no matter how I look at it.

It’s up there with the Mooi Rabbit Lamp……what’s going on? Is lighting becoming the emperor’s new cloths of interior design?

Before I moved into my new house all I wanted was this…the Glo Ball!

FL-GBS

Perfect, elegant, dreamy….or maybe this too, love these caboche wall sconces.

FC-CABOCHE-W

I have to say I am also madly in love with this….O Space

FC-OSPACE

Sadly for me, however divine our new abode is….the ceilings are too low as to allow for suspension lights.

Still…it leaves me more time to research emulsion!

 

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