The 10th Anniversary of Kartell’s Bourgie Lamp

An exclusive look at how Pharrell Williams, Rafael de Cardenas and Snarkitecture reinterpreted the iconic design

Kartell is taking the 10th anniversary of its famed Bourgie Lamp, the classical baroque silhouette preserved ironically in plastic designed by Ferruccio Laviani, quite seriously. Earlier this year, the Italian brand tapped 14 international design heavyweights, including Philippe Starck, Nendo and Patricia Urquiola (and even Lenny Kravitz), to re-imagine the modern lamp. The unique interpretations that resulted were unveiled during Maison & Objet in Paris. …

Kartell Goes Bourgie

The iconic lamp is re-imagined by 14 designers for its 10th anniversary

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 …

Interview: Patricia Urquiola

We speak with the Spanish designer about briefs, color and the contract space

In the 25 years since taking the reins at Kartell, owner and CEO Claudio Luti has collaborated with nearly every industrial designer of note, transforming the over 60-year-old company into the king of polycarbonate furniture and a darling of Italian design. This year Kartell proved their prowess again in Milan, taking center stage at the Saloni. On display alongside works by other contemporary legends, such …