Studio Catoir Pharaoh Lamp
  • Studio Catoir Pharaoh Lamp
Studio Catoir is an agency based in Paris and Milan which undertakes projects in the residential and hotel industry spheres, from private homes to entire hotels. Of German extraction, Elisa and Michael Catoir have lived and worked together since 1997. Having gained professional experience in France (including the agency of Andrée Putman), Germany and Italy, they founded their own agency in 2006. Their approach: depending on the personality of the client and local influences, combining elements of the past with a vision of the future.

Pharaoh suspended ceiling light is a homage to Michael Jackson, whom many consider to have been the King (pharaoh) of Pop. Did Michael Jackson dream that he was the reincarnation of an Egyptian pharaoh ? This, in any case, is what numerous fans of the singer, who died in June 2009, love to believe, flocking to the Field Museum, Chicago each day to swoon before an Egyptian bust dating from more than 3,000 years ago. To be fair, when one looks, both the King of Pop and this statue share some astonishingly similar traits: both have almond-shaped eyes and well-drawn eyebrows, prominent cheekbones, a broad, slim mouth, and same turned-up nose and wavy hair. It was the stylised circular hairstyle of the Egyptian bust which gave Elisa and Michael Catoir the inspiration for the shade of the Pharaoh ceiling light.

Its steel framework replicates that truncated shape whilst the fabric covering reproduces its undulations thanks to bands of horizontal quilting. The presence of the colour gold on the frame, the internal face of the shade and its two zips evoke both the richness of ancient Egypt and the ostentation of the King of Pop. The sobriety of the exterior of the shade offers a counterpoint to this with its simple strips of anti-stain treated ecru-coloured cotton.

diameter 600 mm, 1200 mm
height 500 mm
pendant length 2000 mm

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