Samantha Cameron's Achilles' heel

There has been much discussion amongst design aficionados of late about 'fake' versus 'real' products. Leading the way is Elle Decoration's Editor-in-chief Michelle Ogundehin who blogged and tweeted about the 'fake' Arco lamp that Samantha Cameron (SamCam) had purchased for a snip of the original price. http://twitter.com/#!/MOgundehin/status/121158853063749634

 

Blogging that SamCam should have known better with her background in luxury goods company Smythson, Ogundehin wrote that "the fashion industry is constantly bleating about the damage done to its brands by counterfeit goods" implying that buying 'cheap' shouldn't be an option for someone of her standing.

Achille Castiglioni arco lamp Arco lamp

Achille Castiglioni TARAXACUM 88 CHANDELIER Taraxacum 88 chandelier

The discussion was surrounding a well-known Italian design... the Arco lamp by Achille Castiglioni who produced numerous iconic designs over the years. Born in Milan in 1918, he graduated in Architecture in 1944 and in 1962 the Castiglioni brothers designed the Arco lamp with a long, curved arm extending eight feet from the marble base which had to be moved by two people inserting a broomstick through the hole in the base.

The shape of the lamp has made it so recognisable over time and often even placed in low-ceilinged rooms because their owners love the effect that it gives, although the Arco lamp does command a lot of space and attention. Whichever side of the debate you sit on, it is undeniable that the work of the Castiglioni brothers has made an impact on modern homes and the style that so many long for, yet we must remember just how radical a simple arc lamp was in 1962 when introduced to the world.

Achille Castiglioni Taccia lamp Taccia lamp

Achille-Castiglioni-Mezzadro Mezzadro stool

Achille Castiglioni Mezzadro lady Mezzadro stool courtesy moma.org

Achille-Castiglioni-Sella stool Sella stool

Achille Castiglioni Snoopy lamp Snoopy lamp

What do you think?