Philippe Starck is known for eclecticism, so perhaps we oughtn't be surprised that his latest design is in a category of its own. The Chapo, as it's called, is a combination lamp and hat-stand.
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The aluminum lamp is well modern, with LED illumination, an optical dimmer in the base (that little orange button you see) and a USB socket for charging your phone; then it goes old-school by providing an X-shaped flange for your lid. The hat itself then becomes the lampshade.
If you're a guy or gal who wears lots of hats, then yes, you've got a variety of looks for your desk lamp. And when hat-less, the lamp does not give off glare as the LEDs are downward-pointing and located on the bottom of the X.
I think the thing all of us are wondering is how he thought of this in the first place. The only explanation comes from manufacturer Flos' website: "When Alec Guinness, James Stewart and Fred Astaire got home in the evening, with a sharp and elegant gesture they would throw their hat onto anything within reach," reads the quote attributed to Starck. "So why not a lamp?"