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Philippe Starck

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Philippe Starck Biography

born Paris (FRANCE) 1949

Philippe Patrick Starck (born January 18, 1949) is undoubtedly the living "King Of Modern Design". His designs range from spectacular interior designs (for some of the leading hotels of the word) to mass produced consumer goods such as toothbrushes and chairs.

He was educated in Paris at Ecole Nissim de Camondo and founded his first design firm in 1968 (the firm specialized in inflatable objects). In 1969 he became art director of his firm along with Pierre Cardin. Starck has worked independently as an interior designer and as a product designer since 1975. Most notably he has created a number of relatively inexpensive product designs for the large American retailer Target Stores.

Starck's career started to climb in earnest in 1982 when he designed the interior for the private apartments of the then French President Francois Mitterrand. After this date more and more works appear on his CV. His most recent occupations include a mouse for Microsoft, yachts and even new packaging for a beer company. He has been commissioned to design the Virgin Galactic "spaceport" in New Mexico.

Unlike most other New Design artists, Starck's work does not concentrate on the creation of provocative and expensive single pieces. Instead his product designs are of usable household items who Starck himself helps to market for mass production. His products are often stylized, streamlined and organic in their look and are also constructed using unusual combinations of materials (such as glass and stone, plastic and aluminum, plush fabric and chrome, etc.). Two of these designs include stylish toothbrushes 1989 and a sleek lemon press dubbed the Juicy Salif 1990. The Juicy Salif, in fact, has since become an affordable and popular cult item. A notable and world famous interior design job performed by Starck was for the Caf? Costes in Paris 1984.

He lives in four different cities; Paris for public relations, New York where he does most of his technical work, Burano (Italy) where he works also and London.

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  • Trois premiers prix au Neocon. Chicago (Etats-Unis,1986)
  • Delta de Plata. Barcelone (Espagne, 1986)
  • Platinum Circle Award. Chicago (Etats-Unis, 1987)
  • Grand prix national de la Creation Industrielle (France, 1988)
  • Trois prix pour les hotels Royalton et Paramount de New York. (Etats-Unis, 1988/1990)
  • Officier des Arts et des Lettres (France, 1985)
  • Design Zentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen 1995
  • Primero Internacional de Diseno Barcelona (Espagne, 1995)
  • Harvard Excellence in Design award (Etats-Unis,1997)
  • Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France, 1998)
  • Chevalier de l'Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur (France, 2000)

Select Works

  • Eurostar
  • Kronenbourg 1664 by Starck
  • Microsoft optical mouse
  • Jia - the first Philippe Starck-designed boutique hotel in Asia
  • Juicy Salif
  • Philippe Starck condo in Toronto

Quotes

  • "We have to replace beauty, which is a cultural concept, with goodness, which is a humanist concept."
  • "You create your own decoration. You choose your color, you choose your mood. ... (If) you are depressed, you put some bright yellow and suddenly you are happy."
  • "And you spend your evening in your color. The idea is to take things which open (your) mind, that speak to you -- the colors speak to you"
  • "Every time I do a project, I always look around and see if (there's) anybody else out there who's exciting. And I go see everyone, but nobody has that little gleam in the eye."

Publications

  • Philippe Starck - by Philippe Starck, Benedikt Taschen Verlag; Rev edition (February 15, 2000)
  • Piero Fornasetti: A Conversation between Philippe Starck and Barnaba Fornasetti (Memoire) - by Brigitte Fitoussi, Phillipe Starck, Assouline (July 2005)

Quick Facts

  • Philippe Patrick Starck is a well-known French designer and probably the best known designer in the New Design style.
  • In 1969, he became art director of his firm along with Pierre Cardin.
  • Starck's career started to climb in earnest in 1982 when he designed the interior for the private apartments of the then French President Francois Mitterrand.
  • Starck's work does not concentrate on the creation of provocative and expensive single pieces. Instead his product designs are of usable household items who Starck himself helps to market for mass production.

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