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Unusual Umbrella Lighting

Philippe Starck's Marie Coquine Chandelier is Classy and Whimsical

— April 17, 2011 — Art & Design
I've seen some very odd light fixtures before, but I think that the Marie Coquine chandelier takes the cake. This is because it looks like a stunning, traditional light until you comprehend that an umbrella holds it all together. Speared straight down the middle, the umbrella adds a whimsical element to this already princess-pretty design.

Created by famed designer Philippe Starck, the Marie Coquine chandelier made its debut at Salone in Milan. As a part of the Baccarat collection, it was certainly the standout piece. Its 12 lights are draped with crystals and surround the umbrella's chestnut-wood handle. The umbrella itself is an ivory color, which is echoed in the rest of the soft lighting's design.

Only 20 Marie Coquine chandeliers were created.
Trend Themes
1. Whimsical Lighting Fixtures - Disruptive innovation opportunities are abound for designers who can create unique and unexpected lighting fixtures that add a touch of whimsy to traditional designs.
2. Combining Functionality and Aesthetics - Designers can capitalize on the growing demand for functional yet aesthetically pleasing products by incorporating unexpected elements like umbrellas into their designs.
3. Limited Edition Collectibles - Creating limited edition versions of high-end products like the Marie Coquine chandelier can appeal to collectors and create a sense of exclusivity and rarity.
Industry Implications
1. Interior Design - Innovative lighting fixtures like the Marie Coquine chandelier can inspire interior designers to explore new ways of incorporating whimsical elements into their designs.
2. Home Decor - Home decor companies can take advantage of the trend for unique lighting fixtures by offering products that combine functionality and aesthetics, satisfying the demand for both practicality and beauty.
3. Luxury Collectibles - The limited edition nature of products like the Marie Coquine chandelier presents an opportunity for luxury collectible brands to attract affluent consumers who value exclusivity and rarity.
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