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					            Philippe Starck
“I’m always out to change things rethink them
          and make them better.”
W.W.Stool, 1990
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
  designer.
• Philippe Starck was born in Paris on 18th January
  1949.
• 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
                   Boot prototype




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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
    recognisable.
•   Rather than sharing common forms, his designs share a metaphoric dimension that is
    sometimes loaded with irony and parody.
Lazy Working Sofa, 1998
Motorcycle, 1995
Watches sold by Fossil
Paramount Hotel, NY
Ian Schrager Hotels
Cafe Costes, Paris

				
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