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philippe starck: marie coquine for baccarat
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apr 14, 2011
philippe starck: marie coquine for baccarat


‘marie coquine’ by philippe starck for baccarat

created by french designer philippe starck for baccarat, the ‘marie coquine’ standing lamp
sets a crystal chandelier into an umbrella suspended in mid-air, layering imagery and textures
in a display both imaginative and functional.

the piece incorporates a 12-light zénith chandelier into an umbrella, with an ivory canopy above the candelabra
softening the cast light, and a chestnut wood handle extending from its base. the lamp is suspended at one end of a pole
extended on a wheeled steel tripod, from the other end of which hangs a leather punching bag with saddle stitching.
at its most distant points, ‘marie coquine’ measures just over 14 feet (4.3m) in length, at a height of up to 9.3 feet (2.8m).

accompanying the piece’s exhibition is imaginative text that reinforces the juxtaposition of fantasy and reality:
I saw a very beautiful baccarat chandelier. so far, so normal! then it began to rain on the chandelier. how odd!
the chandelier, still identifiably baccarat, opened a large, white umbrella and drifted skywards. I shouted ‘why?’
and from afar came the chandelier’s response: ‘because I am marie coquine, and because everything is possible in a dream.

‘marie coquine’ is produced in a limited edition set of 120 pieces, to be available beginning july 2011.
the lamp is on display at milan design week 2011.


the lamp incorporates a 12-light zénith chandelier


full view of the lamphead on exhibition
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‘marie coquine’ by philippe starck for baccarat
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installation view of the lamp
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full view of ‘marie coquine’ on display at the baccarat exhibition, during milan design week 2011
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the chandelier hung independently


three-quarters underside view of the lamphead and umbrella
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detail view of lamp
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detail of the leather counterweight
image © designboom

‘marie coquine’ is part of a 2011 collection of new lighting solutions designed for baccarat by eight international designers,
including in addition to philippe starck, alain moatti & henri rivière, arik levy, eriko horiki, jaime hayon, michele de lucchi,
and yann kersalé.

the designs within the ‘highlights collection’ range from contemporary reinterpretations of classic chandeliers
to complete free-ranging design variations in which heritage is fused with modernity. crystal is combined
with unlikely materials into lighting structures, utilizing LED technologies.


jaime hayon and philippe starck at the baccarat exhibition during milan design week 2011
portrait © designboom


baccarat’s reel of highlights from the exhibition

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