Philippe Starck’s xO Debuts at Gibraltar Furniture

Gibraltar Furniture presents xO, the glamorous, yet functional line by designer Philippe Starck and Gerard Mialet.  xO seeks to cross the line by combining forms that do not seem to go together only to discover that, in fact, they do.  With spirits high, rising stars Starck and Mialet decided to create this new design house in 1984. Starck explains that “To make a beautiful baby, parents have to be in love.”  xO is definitely a love affair.

Slick Slick is the essence of a chair. It is the combination of elegance and intelligence. The advanced technology of gas-assisted injection results in a chair that is light yet strong.

This line is defined by the elegance, functionality, and humor that we have come to expect from Starck. A furniture aficionado haven, xO features chairs, stools, tables and accessories, including ashtrays, dumbbells, box office sets, and mini versions of popular pieces. More iconic pieces come in the shape of a tooth (The Tooth), a Buddhist monk (The Bonze), and a rocking chair (Dadada – a take on French baby talk meaning “riding a horse”).  “We are never too serious or conventional. The brand is joyful, fun, a bit provocative,” says CEO Gilles Mangin. “With xO, one can expect the unexpected!”

Ceci N'est Pas Une Brouette: No, this is not a wheelbarrow, but an arm chair and tribute to Man Ray and surrealism.

Many xO items are pieces that Starck designed for specific locations including the Royalton stool, which was created for the New York hotel of the same name as well as the Peninsula chair, featured in the Felix restaurant at The Peninsula Hong Kong hotel.  xO also features original pieces designed by Karim Rashid, Patrick Jouin, Christian Ghion, and Eugeni Quitllet.  These new pieces, including the Bite Me chair and Z Stool by Rashid, are clever, versatile, and distinctively xO.

Z Stool: Karim Rashid's dynamic forms come alive from every angle. It serves as bar stool or table, indoors as well at outdoors. Made from easy-care polypropylene.

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