I want to work in revelations, not just spin silly tales for money. I want to fish as deep down as possible into my own subconscious in the belief that once that far down, everyone will understand because they are the same that far down.

- Jack Kerouac, letter to Ed white, 1950


Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti, table lamp
BGH Editions, France, c. 1995

bronze, plastic, glass


"Over the past two decades Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti have become one of the most recognizable and sought after names in international design. Rejecting functionalism and standardization in favor of a marriage of primitivism and elegance, their furniture, objects and interior designs are extravagant, theatrical, baroque, surreal. Their projects include the headquarters for Christian Lacroix, perfume containers for Nina Ricci, textiles for Bouchara, the famous Barbare chair, Montpelier's tramway, and Beverly Hill's La Maison du Cigar. One of their most outrageous pieces - The Extroverted Kitchen - a gigantic bean-shaped block with integrated oven and sink covered entirely in gold is part of the permanent collection of New York's Guggenheim Museum."