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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

This is a Lamp (2001) is a chair/lamp 'designed' by Canadian-born designer and artist Tobi Wong.

On the eve of the debut of Philippe Starck's 'Bubble Club Chair', Tobi Wong stuck a lamp in the translucent polyethylene body of the chair, added a switch, and called it This is a Lamp.

"By putting a lamp in French designer Philippe Starck’s much-anticipated Bubble Club Chair – just before the chair’s North American debut – and giving it a new function and name, Wong created an entirely new work. Or did he? Was this theft? Inspiration? Before you answer, consider Starck’s own design: essentially a sleek plastic version of the art deco club chair. In any case, it earned Starck – and, yes, Wong – a great deal of attention.”[1]

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