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The Kartell Mademoiselle Chair by Philippe Starck

Kartell Mademoiselle Chaiby Philippe Starck. An innovative design in terms of its clever and novel combination of materials. The base is transparent ploycarbonate with seat of sturdy yet flexible expanded polyeurethane. Mademoiselle is covered in unusually thick and soft fabric for added comfort and quality.

The 2 prints have been chosen by Rosita Missoni: Vevey, a cheery kaleidoscope of flowers available in two colourways and ‘Cartagena’ an elegant monochrome flower graffiti. Every chair has a different fabric placement meaning no two will be identical.

RRP. £577.

Bonze xo

bonze xo

Bonze is in the tradition of Starck’s playful and artistic products, with a reference to the 1930’s surrealist period. After having explored the stool under different technologies, moulded in polypropylene, moulded in lacquered ABS, rotation moulded, today XO explores ceramic materials but not any ceramic, a luxury ceramic, a ceramic in gold.

The face of a Buddha, a portrait of Lorenzo de’ Medici, a watcher in the night, awoken double of the Sleeping Muse by Brancusi, a stool, a coffee table. Bonze is everything of the above at the same time.

Retailing at approximately 500-600 euros it may be a little out of most people’s price range. For the savvy design fan though it is in situ in numerous bars and clubs across the globe – if you have spotted one do let me know!

bonze xo

Philippe Starck – Kalashnikov AK47 Table Gun

Philippe Starck - "Kalashnikov AK47" Table Gun

Philippe Starck - "Kalashnikov AK47" Table Gun

Currently high up my wish list of design is a piece for Philippe Starck’s Gun collection. These are high end works of art and yes that illuminate you in the dark too.

Media pictures of Saddam Hussein’s gold-plated gun, recovered when America and its allies attacked Iraq, inspired the line, which contains floor, desk, and bedside models. The guns are coated in gold leaf to allude to the military-industrial complex, while their black lampshades signify death. Small, smoked crosses line the inner portion of the shades, miniature graveyards that remind users that the next passing could be their own.

To drive home our culpability, Starck chose different guns to represent different nations. The Beretta symbolizes the responsibility of western Europe; the Kalashnikov, the suffering caused by the former USSR; and the M16, the havoc created by the United States.

Body is die cast aluminum with injection-molded polymer overprint and gold-plated finish 18K.

Philippe Starck - "Kalashnikov AK47" Table Gun

Philippe Starck - "Kalashnikov AK47" Table Gun

Emeco Navy Chair

Emeco Navy Chair

Emeco Navy Chair

The Navy Chair – raw functional design, stealth luxury at its best and yours in 80% recycled aluminum for around £440.This simple metal chair was originally produced for the US Navy in 1944 as a practical and indestructible piece of furniture. 

Made by Emeco, the aluminum chair is hand welded and hand brushed for a warm, uniform finish. The chair’s weld lines are natural and always visible adding to the character of this historic chair. They range from very light to slightly darker than the adjoining surface. This is French designer Jean-Marie Massaud’s favorite chair, who describes it as a glamorous masterpiece. 

Emeco’s company slogan is: 

“We make chairs. That’s what we do.
Handmade from 80% recycled Aluminum.
It’s not easy. In fact it takes 77 steps to get there.
Designed to last for 150 years.
Now that’s what we call sustainability.” 

Their recent collaboration with Coca Cola to produce the 111 Navy Chair – made from 111 recycled plastic Coke bottles takes the vision of the iconic Navy chair forwards. 

The question remains would you buy one in a bold primary colour or go for the raw metal finish??