Modern Classics: Kartell's Bourgie Lamp

Modern Classics: Kartell's Bourgie Lamp

Nancy Mitchell
Sep 18, 2012

Like the Louis Ghost Chair, another iconic modern design from Italian maker Kartell, the Bourgie lamp takes a traditional shape and reinvents it in that most modern of materials — plastic.

But unlike the ghost chair, which seems to take itself pretty seriously, there's something joyous, unabashed, even a little cheeky about the Bourgie's baroque curves and its pleated plastic shade. Italian designer Ferruccio Laviani, who created the lamp for Kartell in 2003, has a history of incorporating classical references in his designs, like this dresser that morphs from ultra-baroque to ultra-modern. (His other designs for Kartell include the FL/Y pendant lamp, which is nearly as ubiquitous as the Bourgie.)

I think it's this mixture of good looks and irreverence that's the key to the Bourgie lamp's popularity. It works in nearly any kind of interior — but never blends in.

1. In a traditional dining room, from Marie Claire Maison.
2. A gold Bourgie pops against a blue background. From David Village Lighting.
3. In the tiny and light-filled home of Small Cool 2010 Teeny-Tiny Division winner Beth.
4. A silver Bourgie plays nice with an Ikea cabinet. From Decor8.
5. Home of Cortney Novogratz, featured in Matchbook Magazine.

6. The new multicolored Bourgie, from Fantastic Frank.
7. With a Barcelona chair in a rustic interior. Brava Casa via French by Design.
8. A pair of black Bourgies in a black interior from Aphro Chic.
9. Home of stylist Kate Horsman, via Pinecone Camp.
10. A black Bourgie imparts a little punch to a mostly traditional interior from Heart Home.

(Images: as linked above)

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