The TGuns Table Lamp is designed by Phillips Starck in 2005. The body consists of die-cast aluminum with injection-molded polymer overprint and a gold-plated finish. 18K. Matt black plasticized paper diffuser, silk screen gold plated inside.
Lighting design is always pushing the boundaries to explore new ways and innovative ideas to bring light into our homes. One of the most controversial lamps to appear on the lighting scene in recent times is that of designer Philippe Starck’s gun lamp.
He is not the first designer to use contentious images to express himself and will not be the last either. The first sight of these lamps provokes shock – with all that guns have come to stand for: violence, war and suffering, and disgust at having so powerful a symbol turned into a meek and mild domestic element. The pure gold plating on these gun lamps is just as powerful a symbol of greed and lust that seem to drive life to ever more irresponsible boundaries.
There is an element of humor too at seeing a deadly weapon reduced to impotence and serving merely as a device to light up a room and perhaps that was Phillippe Starck’s intention all along when he devised the idea of a gun lamp.
The body of the Beretta handgun lamp is produced from die-cast aluminum with an injection molded polymer overprint which is then finished with an eighteen-carat gold leaf. On the top of the base is engraved the words - Happiness is a hot gun.
The shade is a matte black plasticized paper diffuser with printed inside in gold silk screen printing the signature Starck cross decoration. It accommodates a halogen bulb and operates with a dimmer cord. The gun lamps collection was first introduced as a prototype in the spring of 2005 at the Salone del Mobile in Milan. The prototype lamps were gold-leafed and signed by Starck and the gold-plated lamp is the production version that is currently distributed by the world’s leading lighting emporia.
The collection includes the Beretta pistol handgun lamp, the Kalashnikov AK47 table lamp which brings one of the weapons that has caused so much death and destruction among underdeveloped nations of the third world right into our living rooms and then the M16 Rifle floor lamp. These are all die cast from actual guns with some of the details removed. This is the latest provocation by a great designer, who knows all too well that even adults need to dispel their fears and that they need to play war to evoke peace. He knows our weak points inside and out and therefore our need for menacing and universal symbols to be seen to be rendered harmless.