The irrationality of pure design
Perhaps, iconic objects have a 'soul' that touches our souls
What transforms an object into an icon? That’s the question that buzzes through your mind as you contemplate a line-up of objects ranging from the supersonic (and after all those years, still miss-a-heartbeat sexy) Concorde down to the utterly humble Bic ballpoint pen, all part of the 20 Icons Of French Design exhibition of the recent Dubai Design Week. Why on earth is a Philippe Starck designed lemon squeezer—the Juicy Salif—with its long-legged extra-terrestrial silhouette, instantly recognizable and universally desirable? What keeps the Le Corbusier chaise lounge—the LC4—designed almost a century ago, still selling at €5,000 (Rs3.6 lakh) a pop? And, in what, I suppose, is a case of a French icon marrying another French icon, Dubai stores offer the LC4 in a Louis Vuitton special edition at €7,000.