Ceiling lamp emitting light through five individual crystal vases by the renowned designer Philippe Starck.
Design must become ordinary, while maintaining a sense of the elite - a slight 19th century flavor. Tomorrow the concept of design will disappear; it will be completely integrated into daily life. With the end of the 20th century and the ploriferation of cheap plastic chairs, why not give up on the concept of design and move on to something else?... It’s important to understand that freedom means adopting the style of tomorrow and recognizing the differences… I don’t like global thinking, so I’ll talk about the opposite of design… then know-how, the blowing of glass, the luxury… Luxury scars (Cicatrices de luxe) is a play on words which evolves around the idea of engraving as a scar, but also of a luxury that leaves an indelible mark. Luxury is not free… luxury is not innocent… luxury is surrounded by scars; knowing it is even more perverse, better to be aware of it - for the pleasure!.” Philippe Starck
The vases are secured to fire retardant technopolymer and aluminum seats, which are attached to chemically tempered platforms with a high shock resistance value. > It’s important to understand that freedom means adopting the style of tomorrow and recognizing the differences…—Philippe Starck
The thousands of projects - complete or forthcoming - his global fame and tireless protean inventiveness should never distract from Philippe Starck’s fundamental vision: Creation, whatever form it takes, must improve the lives of as many people as possible.
Starck vehemently believes this poetic and political duty, rebellious and benevolent, pragmatic and subversive, should be shared by everyone and he sums it up with the humour that has set him apart from the very beginning: "No one has to be a genius, but everyone has to participate."
His precocious awareness of ecological implications, his enthusiasm for imagining new lifestyles, his determination to change the world, his love of ideas, his concern with defending the intelligence of usefulness – and the usefulness of intelligence – has taken him from iconic creation to iconic creation...
From the everyday products, furniture and lemon squeezers, to revolutionary mega yachts, hotels that stimulate the senses, phantasmagorical venues and individual wind turbines, he never stops pushing the limits and criteria of contemporary design. His dreams are solutions, solutions so vital that he was the first French man to be invited to the TED conferences (Technology, Entertainment & Design) alongside renowned participants including Bill Clinton and Richard Branson.
Inventor, creator, architect, designer, artistic director, Philippe Starck is certainly all of the above, but more than anything else he is an honest man directly descended from the Renaissance artists.