Here’s something that may knock you out cold: a crystal chandelier balanced on a pole, with a tough leather punching bag suspended at the other end.
As over-exposed French designer Philippe Stark may be, we have to admit his latest creation for Baccarat is kooky genius: a wry commentary on the delicate, elevated status of high-end crystal, juxtaposed against the gungho, down-to-earth grittiness of ringside boxing, perhaps?
Displayed at the recent Milan Design Week, the artwork, dubbed the Marie Coquine chandelier, is balanced on a photographer’s tripod.
Plunging through the scintillating candelabra is a white umbrella, its curved wooden handle sticking out violently from the bottom of the lamp and echoing the tan leather of the punching bag balanced on the other side of the tripod.
Bewildering? Yes. Mesmerizing? For sure.
Take it from the press notes to well, shed light, so to speak, on the inspiration behind the project: “Mary Poppins squaring up Raging Bull in a ring corner. And when the two meet, Marie Coquine deploys all her grace, at once fragile and strong, perfectly balanced and subtly anchored to the ground.”
Measuring 2.85m x 2m x 4.35m, the Marie Coquine will be produced in a limited edition of 120 pieces.