Philippe Starck - Whenever that name comes to mind, I think of my first visit to New York city several years ago. High on my list of Priorities was a visit to The Royalton Hotel. Starck was the designer for The Royalton and it has been a few years since I was there, but it still stands out as one of the most amazing showcases of what he does and how he is the master of pushing boundaries when it comes to design. It has also inspired me to make sure to visit more bathrooms in my travels. I have been cursed with an unusually large bladder, which just so happens to be a bigger curse to all of the people that have ever been on a road trip with me. (I'll leave it at that, except to say, if you ever go on a road trip with me, bring a big bottle if I'm behind the wheel) My point is that this large bladder of mine, means that I very often don't make the trip to the restroom and therefore, I often miss out on seeing some very cool spaces. So, the next time you're in New York, break out your wallet and spend the $20 (give or take) for a Martini and make sure you make a trip to the rest room at The Royalton. Just make sure you remember from which direction you entered.
Wow, that's a hell of a lead into why anyone would need an 18 karat gold gun beside their bed. So, to the point. Starck recently designed three new lamps for Flos. The Bedside Gun, The Table Gun and The Lounge Gun. They are die cast aluminum with a gold plated finish in 18 karat gold. I personally like them. They just seem so out of place and they have this really eerie feeling about them. They are somewhat classy and somewhat "Holy Shit, that lamp is a GUN !!! Some people are going to like them and more people will hate them, so you'll have to be your own judge. But check out some of the images on the Flos site. www.flos.com/ They look like they are really nicely finished.
Let me know what you think. Would you have one in your house. Do you think these are appropriate given the times we live in? or do you think they put a "light" spin on how we perceive this object.
Until next time