6 April 2012

Gun Lamp by Philippe Starck

The Gun Lamp by Philippe Starck is interesting to look at, but also has a very deep meaning. It represents the times we live in, with war, dictatorship and the 'icon' that the gun has become. I think it's brilliant that there's such an interesting motive behind the design; this gives it much more appeal than simply being an attractive piece. Here is Starck's explanation of what the Gun Lamp represents:

"First there were attempts at life, then the draft of life, then Life itself. It didn't have much value - life and death altogether. It was something of an accident, without importance. But Mankind kept working. A lot. A civilisation was crafted so that Life could live. Sublime by obligation, Life became sacred, untouchable. The great, beautiful life, guaranteed to everyone, surged and survived until today, the 21st century, the third millennium, the advent of civilised civilisation. Bravo! Rest in peace. Crash! It's never what you think. After just a short period of enlightenment, the shadows return, fast, dense and menacing. Rewind, death is at the door. Nowadays we kill - religiously, militarily, civilly, indeed very civilly sometimes. We kill out of ambition, out of greed, for the fun of it or of the show. Republics turn bananas. Tyrant are our masters, Designed, manufactured, sold, dreamed, purchased and used, weapons are our new icons. Our lives are only worth a bullet. The Guns Collection is nothing but a sign of the times. We get the symbols we deserve. Happiness is a hot gun. Glory to our dictators. To Life, To Death."

The lamp's body is die-cast aluminium with injection moulded polymer overprint and gold plated finish in 18K gold. It has a matt black plasticized paper diffuser with an internal gold silkscreened finish, with subtle Starck signature cross decoration.