The imaginative Parisian designer duo Kuntxel+Deygas bring 2D cats to life.
Paris-based Olivier Kuntzel and Florence Deygas of Kunztel+Deygas are
masters of capturing the essence of motion in 2D form. (You might have seen
their designs in the title sequence of Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If You
Can" or gracing limited edition Diptyque
candles.) Their little animals, however, have become
one of their signature styles. The imaginations behind the delightful canine
characters and Colette mascots Caperino and Peperone haven't left feline lovers in the dark,
though. While the MiCha lamps launched
in 2010, we found Kunztel+Deygas' designs to be so timeless and admirable that
they're worth a shout-out even now.
Handmade in France, the MiCha lamp is like a drawing that has come to life—and brings to mind the liveliness of the iconic
Pixar lamps. Laser-cut steel is shaped into a silhouette, then painted black
with a lacquer that was specifically developed for the automobile industry to
ensure resistance against damage. The bulb is hidden by a small bowl (which
sports whiskers made out of coils) and the lamp emits a subdued, ambient light
that enhances the atmosphere of any room and almost turns itself into a shadow.
The power cord elongates the body and evokes a curvy cat's tail.
The pet lamps strike four different poses—sitting, walking, baby sitting and rounded back—each eliciting a
different mood. For instance, while MiCha "assis" (meaning, sitting)
is a friendly companion who sits by your side and watches over you as you work,
the curious MiCha "en marche" (walking) can't help but be a little
more mischievous. Whatever pose suits you the most, a MiCha lamp is an
irresistible addition to the household that won't require any maintenance.
The limited edition MiCha lamps are available in four different poses (each signed and numbered in a series of 250) as well
as different voltage options, according to the country you reside in. They are
available at the dedicated e-boutique for