Philippe Starck – Love X 1000!

Philippe Starck – Love X 1000!

By:  Kris Kleinknight Without question, French designer and architect Philippe Starck has proven to be one of the most influential designers of the 20th and 21st century. His iconic designs always interject some form of humor along with a strong dose of whimsy and rebellion. He believes in sustainability and democratic ecology as found in his development of affordable:  individual wind turbines, smart thermostats, and homes from pre-fabricated and environmentally-friendly wood. His mission, “Creation, whatever shape it takes, must make life better for the largest number of people possible.” – Philippe Starck He considers himself “a Japanese architect, an American art director, a German industrial designer, a French artistic director, an Italian furniture designer”. A little History: Philippe Starck jump-started his career by designing two nightclub interiors in Paris in the 1970’s. The success of the clubs won the attention of President Francois Mitterand who asked Starck to refurbish one of the private apartments in the Elysee Palace. This would catapult him into the international pool of design and architecture. His thoughtful, creative and inspirational design approach began to alter the world’s perception of hotels, clubs, and restaurants. He has designed hotels and restaurants from Rio to Singapore and there are simply far too many to list them all. Please look to his websites, www.starck.com  & www.yoo.com  to explore. “I like to open the doors to people’s brains”  – Philippe Stark Furniture and Lighting: Starck’s furniture and lighting pieces are flat out iconic. From his Louis Ghost chair by Kartell to his Superarchimoon floor lamp for Flos; he continues to develop new and creative ways to reinvent how we perceive what is possible through material, scale, and as always – whimsy. You can find a banquet of ready to purchase pieces available through: KartellFlosCassina, or Emeco. In addition, his work is found in the permanent collections of the Musée National d’Art Moderne, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the MOMA and the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Vitra Design Museum in Basel and the Design Museum in London. More than 660 of his designs were inventoried in French public collections in 2011. Industrial Design: Philippe Starck was the first designer to participate in the TED Talks. In addition, he has partnered with over 135 brands and links can be found on his website. He has stated that, “I want to bring love and happiness into your life by designing objects, environments, and appliances that will brighten your days.” Starck has designed bathroom fittings for Duravit, Hansgrohe, Hoesch and Axor; accessories and appliances like Alessi’s Juicy Salif lemon squeezer to Zikmu speakers, Zik headphones by Parrot, Laguiole knives, Starckeyes glasses by Mikli, and travel accessories by Delsey. Starck has a profound desire “to defend the intelligence of usefulness – and the usefulness of intelligence.” Due to his environmental and ecological concerns, he created the Good Goods catalogue with La Redoute. He also set up AOA, an organic food company. His latest eco-friendly designs are the V+Volteis electric car with Volteis, the Pibal bike for the City of Bordeaux, Zartan chairs for Magis, and Broom by Emeco. And with that, I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief look into the Wonder World of Monsieur Starck and will continue to follow his future creations and endeavors. He never ceases to amaze and in turn, inspire us to stretch our imaginations and question conformity. Crazy Wildman + Design = Love X1000  

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