This is a Lamp

Photo: Jacob Sharrard

Converting a Philippe Starck chair into a lamp scared the design world. Not only because the launch was before the debut of the actual Starck chair, pissing off Starck and Kartell, both who claimed that Wongs piece stole some thunder but because it meant that designers could be artists, vice versa. The rules stopped being relevant after this piece and freed design to the one off world of art. As Wong relates “I’m here to challenge the design world, the same way Duchamp did the art world. But I do find the design world extremely confusing as well, although no more confusing than the art world”.

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