Philippe Starck was born in 1949 in Paris. His father was an aircraft engineer and mother was a painter. Both, creative parents put great influence on young Philippe’s personality. After graduation from private school ‘Ecole Nissim de Camondo’ in Paris and in 1968, he established his first company, specialising in inflatable objects. Year after he became an artistic director for Pierre Cardin. Next several years he is working in the USA and France creating residential and commercial, between them New York’s ‘Royalton’ or Paris’ nightclubs ‘La main bleu’. and ‘Les Baines-Douches’. In 1979 he founded his next business ‘Starck Product’ and 3 years later he designed privet apartment in the Elysee Palace for President of France Francois Mitterrand. It was the turning point in his career.
“I don’t design apartments; I help people to design them.” Philippe Starck
Philippe Starck is one of the most prolific designers of our time. He has turned his hand to practically everything there is, from hotels, restaurants, bars and clubs, to furniture, tableware, baggage, kitchens and even nutrition. Often regarded as the bad boy of design, Starck is known for his witty reinterpretation of everyday objects and anyone who has had the pleasure of being in the same room as him will undoubtedly find him extremely engaging and most definitely entertaining.
He promotes healthy lifestyle, aesthetic solutions embodied by his product, ecological debate about the behaviour and eco-materials and freedom as main human destiny.
Each of the pieces of Starck’s objects are infiltrate by his imaginative nature, even oriental chic and sexy look. But, real gift of his dreams is present in his interior design realisations. Common feature of his most interiors is simplicity in furnishing with flamboyant, fantastic objects as come from dreams or magic world. His design has something from magical world and something from poetry, but main principles are clarity and light based on the formula ‘less is more’.
“Well, less is more, Lucrezia: I am judged.” A phrase from the poem called “Andrea del Sarto” or “The Faultless Painter” by Robert Browning in 1855 . ‘Less is more’ adopted in 1947 by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe , as a guide for Minimalist design and architecture.
Following in the near future : “Iconic Philippe Starck Designs”