“I’m always out to change things rethink them
and make them better.”
Juicy Salif, 1991
• Philippe Starck is one of the best-known
contemporary designers in the world.
• He has not only received public acclaim for his
amazing building interior designs but has also proved
to be an accomplished architect and product
• Philippe Starck was born in Paris on 18th January
• As a youngster he was already an enthusiastic
draughtsman, probably inspired by his father, who
worked as an aircraft designer.
• From the mid-sixties, Starck attended the Ecole
Nissim de Camondo in Paris, and he set up his first
company in 1968 to produce inflatable objects.
• In 1979 he founded the "Starck Product" company.
• As an interior designer he was responsible in 1982 for refurnishing the private
apartments in the Elysée Palace in Paris for President Mitterrand of France.
• In New York he was responsible for the interior design of the Royalton and
Paramount hotels (1988 and 1990), and played a leading part in the design of the
Groningen Museum in the Netherlands in 1991.
• He has also designed a number of office buildings as well as private dwelling houses
and apartment blocks.
• In Paris a whole street block, La Rue Starck, is going up to his designs (1991).
Aluminum and plastic pitcher
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• In the field of industrial design, he has been responsible for the creation of a wide
variety of objects including noodles for Panzani, boats for Beneteau, mineral-water
bottles for Glacier, kitchen appliances for Alessi, toothbrushes for Fluocaril, luggage
for Vuitton, "Urban Fittings" for Decaux, office furniture for Vitra, as well as vehicles,
computers, door-knobs, spectacle frames, etc.
• Starck´s work has brought him numerous prizes and awards.
• Objects designed by him can be seen on display in the collections of a number of
European and American museums.
• The items Starck designs become objects of adoration and desire.
• Although many of them are eventually mass-produced, they often remain akin to
artworks in their basic function.
• Starck has created his own style, which, although not uniform, remains highly
• Rather than sharing common forms, his designs share a metaphoric dimension that is
sometimes loaded with irony and parody.
Lazy Working Sofa, 1998
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Paramount Hotel, NY
Ian Schrager Hotels
Cafe Costes, Paris