Philippe Starck

“Subversive, ethical, ecological, political, humorous… this is how I see my duty as a designer.” Philippe Starck, French designer.

Philippe Starck
Philippe Starck

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About his life

Philippe Starck(born January 18, 1949, Paris, France), is a French designer known for his wide range of designs, including everything from interior design to household objects to boats to watches, and having working as an architect as well.


Philippe Starck
Philippe Starck

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Philippe Starck has a mission, a vision: his creation, whatever it may be, must improve the lives of as many people as possible. Starck believes this to be an almost poetic and political, rebellious and benevolent, pragmatic and subversive duty, that ought to be shared by everyone. He sums it up with his trademark humour, what’s set him apart from the very beginning:

No one has to be a genius, but everyone has to participate.

Philippe Starck

Vintage Techno Chair, Philippe Starck,(1980-1989)
Vintage Techno Chair, Philippe Starck,(1980-1989)

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What are the main features of Starck’s style?

Starck developed an international reputation, on the basis of his wide range of industrial designs. Often displaying the same organic, fluid lines of his interiors, the varied products he designed on commission included boats for Bénéteau, mineral-water bottles for Glacier, kitchen appliances—notably the Juicy Salif juicer—for Alessi, toothbrushes for Fluocaril, luggage for Samsonite, “Urban Fittings” for Decaux, office furniture for Vitra, televisions for Thomson Multimedia, watches for Fossil, eyeglasses for Alain Mikli, and the Optical Mouse for Microsoft.

Juicy Salif lemon squeezer, Philippe Starck for Alessi, 1990
Juicy Salif lemon squeezer, Philippe Starck for Alessi, 1990

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Toothbrushes for Fluocaril, Philippe Starck, 1993
Toothbrushes for Fluocaril, Philippe Starck, 1993

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Ara Lamp, Philippe Starck for Flos, 1980
Ara Lamp, Philippe Starck for Flos, 1980

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Starck held a populist vision for design, one best achieved in his products, which were often sold at affordable price points and through mass-market venues. Rejecting designs made simply for the sake of beauty or as a symbol of wealth, Starck hoped that his work would improve people’s lives by adding an element of humour and surprise to everyday acts, such as brushing one’s teeth or cooking. The designer himself was often featured in ads for his products, since his flamboyant, lighthearted personality reflected the message of his work.

Lou Lou Ghost chair, Philippe Starck for Kartell
Lou Lou Ghost chair, Philippe Starck for Kartell

Images source: http://www.kartell.com/gb/chair_cod20000085ne.html

Masters Chair, Philippe Starck for Kartell.
Masters Chair, Philippe Starck for Kartell.

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Gun Lamps, Philippe Starck for Flos
Gun Lamps, Philippe Starck for Flos

Image source: http://www.flos.com/consumer/en/products/table/Guns-Bedside_Gun

Interior Design

Philippe Starck has several restaurants to his credit: Bon (2000), Mori Venice Bar (2006) and Le Paradis du Fruit (2009) in France, and the notable launch of Katsuya in Los Angeles in 2006, the first in a series of Japanese restaurants. The A’trego opened in Cap d’Ail in 2011. He designed the interior and exterior of Ma Cocotte, a restaurant that launched in September 2012 at the Saint-Ouen flea market near Paris. In 2013, he designed Miss Ko, an Asian-centric concept restaurant in Paris.

Le Paradis du Fruit, Philippe Starck, (2009)
Le Paradis du Fruit, Philippe Starck, (2009)

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Ma Cocotte, Philippe Starck, 2012
Ma Cocotte, Philippe Starck, 2012

Image source: https://www.parisianist.com/en/eat-and-drink/restaurants/ma-cocotte

ARCHITECTURE

  • Laguiole knife factory, Paris, France, 1988.
  • Nani Nani building, Tokyo, Japan, 1989.
  • Baron Vert building, Osaka, Japan, 1992.
  • Asahi building, Tokyo, Japan, 1989.
  • Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France, 1995.
  • Bordeaux Airport air traffic control tower, Bordeaux, France, 1997.
  • Sanderson Hotel, London, England, 2001.
  • Incineration plant, Paris, France, 2004.
Baron Vert building, Osaka, Japan, 1992.
Baron Vert building, Osaka, Japan, 1992.

Image source: http://www.starck.com/fr/architecture/categorie/exterieurs?i=le-baron-vert

Asahi building, Tokyo, Japan, 1989.
Asahi building, Tokyo, Japan, 1989.

Image source: http://www.japan-photo.de/e-mo-a05-01-asahi-super-dry-hall.htm


Info sources:

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Philippe-Starck

http://www.starck.com/en/about

http://www.notablebiographies.com/newsmakers2/2004-Q-Z/Starck-Philippe.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippe_Starck#Objects

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Philippe-Starck

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