Multifarious, designer and architect, Philippe Starck has been part of our daily lives. He is a determined and bold citizen of the world, he creates unconventional objects which invite us to enter a wall-to wall world of imagination. He surprises us with fabulous fantasies, the purpose of which must have a useful purpose before being beautiful.
Most of his designs have become icons which have added a new dimension to global design. He is an enthusiastic advocate of sustainability and as a consequence, he has recently developed the revolutionary concept of “democratic ecology” by creating affordable wind turbines for the home(see future blog “Providing a real way to deal with the urgent needs of environmental issues…… .”- Philippe Starck)
“Ultimately they were children’s games, imagination games, but thanks to various skills, especially engineering, something happened. I’m a kid who dreams and at the same time I’ve got that light-heartedness and gravity of children. I fully accept the rebellion, the subversion and the humour.”
One characteristic which is often displayed in Starck’s designs is his use of “feminine” curves and curved shapes resembling the form of horns.
Louis Ghost Chair – Kartell (2002)
This seat shows Starck playing with form and material, recasting the royal Louis XV chair concept with translucent, injection-molded polycarbonate. More than a million of these chairs have been sold.
Juicy Salif Lemon Squeezer – Alessi (1990)
Likely the only juicer displayed at MOMA, Starck’s aluminum tripod design
Zik Headphones – Parrot (2012)
Audiophiles appreciate the sound quality and intuitive, motion-sensitive commands — swipe the right earcup to increase the volume, take of the headphones and the music pauses-built into this high-end headphones.
Dr. No Chair – Kartell (1996)
Starck recast the club chair with this playful design, a wrap-around of colourful, injection-moulded plastic.
Lagouile Knife – Lagouile (1986)
Starck’s reinterpretation of the pocket knife-switchblade.
Hot Bertaa Kettle – Alessi (1987)
Presenting a bold, contemporary spin on a cup of tea, this kettle exudes Italian style, less a kitchen object that emits a hiss of steam than some Art Deco bullhorn brashly announcing its presence.
Axor Starck Organix – Hansgrohe (2012)
Looking like a stainless steel vascular system, this stunning set of bathroom fixtures not only apes organic forms with inviting curves and intuitive controls, but also reduces water consumption.