While flipping through photographer Emma Lee's portfolio, I came across this gorgeous black-and-white pillow vignette. I love how stark and dramatic these two colors can look together. I immediately thought of the Kartell Bourgie Table Lamp ($362), and then began to wonder what other lovely home elements in black and white I might find. Inspired, I decided to round up some of the most dramatic black and white home pieces I've recently come across.
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I've been thinking about love a lot lately. L'amour. The L word. And, do you know what most comes to mind? My beloved Louis Ghost Chair, a modern interpretation of the classic Louis XVI chair, designed by none other than wacky Frenchman Philippe Starck. As a love letter of sorts, I've decided to showcase XVI (translation: 16) Louis Ghost chairs around the world. If you haven't yet fallen under Louis's spell, seeing the iconic chair everywhere from a rustic office to a formal dining room will induce lust you've never felt before.
The T Table ($263) designed by Italian designer Patricia Urquiola for Kartell has a tactile embroidery-esque filigree top and is made of transparent batch-dyed plastic (Kartell's token material), which gives it a feminine-meets-techno look. Available in three heights and six colors, it can be cheerfully arranged in a group or used on its own. At that price, though, I won't be arranging many T Table groupings in my home. Fortunately, there's an equally fab alternative at a fraction of the price. To learn where you can pick it up, read more
As part of Milan Design Week 2008, Kartell installed seven 13-foot-tall topiary sculptures depicting a selection of its best known outdoor products at the Triennale Garden in Milan. The super-sized shrubs included a giant Dr. No chair, Victoria Ghost chair, Bubble Club chair, La Boheme stool, and Mr. Impossible chair, all designed by Philippe Starck. Starck announced in March that he will retire in two years, so this foray into the garden serves as a bit of send-off. And, since Starck has expressed shame for driving consumerism and materiality, this is certainly a step in the right direction for him. To see more images of the garden, read more
Building on the success of the now famous Louis Ghost chair, released in 2002, Philippe Starck has come up with a child-size version of the chair for Kartell. A worthy heir, Lou Lou Ghost incorporates the features of its big sister, with a Louis XVI silhouette that is resolutely modern and features a polycarbonate body, a resistance to scratches, and perfect ergonomics.
All you design-fiend parents out there can turn your kids on to good design from an early age with the Lou Lou. Available in a variety of candy-colored transparent pastel colors (fluorescent orange and green, sugar pink, blue, sky blue, purple, lilac, and pale green) and three opaque colors (red, white, black), you're bound to find one that suits your little darling. And for those of you without kids' rooms to furnish, I honestly think it'd be pretty cute used to stack books beside your favorite reading chair. It should be available in Kartell shops for about $116 in Europe this Summer, and hopefully in the US soon there after.
. . . would you match your furniture to your dress with this Dolce & Gabbana Philippe Starck Mademoiselle Chair ($950)?
Tick tock: The Oscars are fast approaching! If you haven't yet, you should fill out BuzzSugar's ballot for a chance to win a cash prize. YumSugar was kind enough to share photos with me of her preview tour of the Governors Ball, the Academy Awards' official afterparty, and I noticed that the Kartell Bourgie Table Lamp ($362) was used in a rather unusual manner. For once, the table lamp found itself atop a dining table, used as a centerpiece along with a plethora of red roses and a ruby-red runner, rather than placed on a bedside table, a desk, an accent table, etc. So long candelabras, huh? How do you feel about this curious use of a table lamp? Would you use this technique at your own dinner party?